“She’s starving,” my neighbor told me when I came home from a recent date night. She’d been watching the baby for four hours and the baby had not eaten so much as a mouthful of milk. The bottle just made her mad. She had been crying for an hour.
I’m a breast-feeding stay at home mom and I just kind of forgot to introduce a bottle during that optimal window for doing so when the baby was 4 weeks old. Now, she won’t take one. Hates them. They make her scream. It’s not a huge problem because I seldom leave her but once a month I need to volunteer at my son’s school and she can’t come with me. Plus I sometimes need to do other stuff like visit the dentist or the doctor and it’s better to do it without baby.
Now, anyone looking at my baby could see that one missed feeding here or there won’t harm her long term. She’s got enough chub on her to survive a few milk-free hours. That doesn’t mean I relish the idea of her crying from hunger while I wrangle pre-schoolers or get my teeth cleaned. So, I asked the great Internet hive-mind of moms for some advice on how to get her to eat even if I’m gone. Here are the great responses I got!
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