Paul will be 4 months old this weekend, and he’s been exclusively breastfed his whole short little life. Besides getting a few bottles a couple months ago when I came down with Mastitis, my nipples are the only nipples that he has excepted.
At first, I was fine with this exclusivity. He liked getting fed from me, and I’m always with him, so it just made sense. But I’m ready for him to start accepting a bottle more frequently now.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sick of breastfeeding by any means. I would just love the option to be able to leave him with my husband, my mom, or a babysitter through a feeding every now and again.
But he’s completely refusing the bottle. When he’s bottle fed (typically with freshly expressed breastmilk), he just chews and plays on the nipple, letting milk drip out the sides of his mouth.
About 4 years back, when I had my daughter, we invested in the BornFree glass bottles. My daughter loved them, my now 2 year old took them when he was a baby, but Paul won’t have anything to do with the. Dare I say he thinks they are dumb.
So I suppose I’m left with a few options.
- I could never leave the house again without Paul in tow.
- I could buy different bottles and nipples, see if he’ll take an alternate brand. (Although this sounds expensive, given I only want to switch out a feeding for 1 or 2 bottles a week.)
- Or we could just keep doing what we’re doing. Offering him a bottle, watching him waste it, and then me feeding him an hour later when he gets super crabby from his empty belly.
Friends, I’m looking for any and all advice you can give me. I plan on attending a weekend conference in August, and he will not be coming with me. Basically, I have 3 months to figure out his bottle hatred.
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