You know what’s not super awesome? I have no clue if my baby will take a bottle of breastmilk while I’m gone because I’ve fallen off the bottlefeeding wagon. Gaaaaaaah.
I was never successful at getting my first two babies to take the bottle. I was home full-time and we lived far away from family and had no babysitters, so my motivation to get them to jump from breast to bottle was very low. But with this third baby I swore to myself, my husband, and anyone else who would listen, that this time things would be different. We now live close to family and I wanted to be able to occasionally get out for the night, not to mention that I’m planning to go back to my part-time job later this fall. I had a plan and the motivation and I was going to make this happen!
At first, I did a great job. When he was about 4 weeks old, I started pumping a few times per week and my husband or Nana would give him a bottle pretty regularly. He was a champ and did pretty well, usually taking at least a couple ounces. In late August, I went out for the evening for the first time since he had been born (to a PTO meeting — I know, I’m a wild woman!) and I left my husband with a 6 ounce bottle and instructions to call me to come back if baby wouldn’t eat before bed. I was so, so relieved to get a text from hubby an hour later saying, “He CRUSHED IT!” Aaaah, sweet, sweet freedom! I had done it! I felt like doing a Rocky-style victory lap around the room.
The week after that, we went through our big house move, and things in my life pretty much spun out of control. We were living out of suitcases, my big kids stopped sleeping well, the new house didn’t have a kitchen … you get the picture. Pumping and keeping up with a bottle feeding routine wasn’t very high on my list of priorities.
He’s now 15 weeks old and hasn’t had a bottle in well over 6 weeks. Tomorrow is the day, people. I have a bottle waiting in the freezer, and my mommy friend is coming over and we are doing bottle feeding boot camp with this baby! Because mama needs another night out.
If any of you moms out there are having trouble with this (or any breastfeeding issue), I highly recommend the library of resources available over at Isis Parenting, including their famous webinars and new online Pump Talk class!
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