My five-month-old won’t take a bottle. We started doing test runs with him when he was four weeks old, after meeting with our lactation consultant and excitedly discussing his wonderful weight gain (he was 11 pounds at four weeks!!).
The first few times my husband tried giving him a bottle it went well, but we soon learned he vastly preferred mama. As in, he’ll roll a rubber nipple around in his mouth, but he sure won’t drink milk from it.
I work very part-time this go around, and from home, but I still need to meet with clients, attend events, or otherwise occasionally be apart from my son for a few hours. We bought dozens of fancy bottles, all different sorts of nipples. No go. So then we tried giving him an open cup like a big boy.
I even tried giving him little sips from a spoon. It was extremely tedious and not very effective.
It’s sort of frustrating, because my first son would drink anything we handed him. And we handed him all sorts of different things!
I get very sad when people, who I suppose mean well, tell me, “If he’s starving, he’ll take a bottle.” Well…maybe. But I don’t want him to be starving. I’m really fortunate right now to be able to work part-time, and from home, so it’s really not necessary to get him to the point where he feels starving.
Up until very recently, I’ve just been scheduling meetings around his long afternoon nap.
Otherwise, my baby is with me. All. The. Time.
We’ve had a few weddings to attend, and that’s made things interesting. Just this past weekend, we had a wedding. I wasn’t able to bring my nursling along, so I went to only the ceremony and left my son home with his dad in hopes that we could jump straight to a sippy cup. I nursed him just before I left the house (the weather was so nice, I could wear a skirt and nursing top!) and hoped it’d all be ok until I could get back three hours later.
I will tell you, as much as I’ve enjoyed constant snuggles from this, likely my last ever baby, it sure was nice to get away for a few hours. Even to sit in traffic en route to the wedding. I listened to NPR, you guys! But of course I worried about my baby at home, potentially starving, probably fussing.
The wedding was lovely, the socializing outside the church was fulfilling, and my return home was frantic. The verdict: so-so. He liked that he could hold the sippy cup and look all around while he was drinking. He liked that for almost an ounce! I’ll call that progress.
My plan this week is to have our sitter keep offering the sippy cup while I am working. My hope is to get him to at least take some milk this way by early December, when we have yet another wedding (this one with bowling at the reception!) I’d like to go to with just my husband.
Did any of you have a baby who wouldn’t take a bottle? How did you decide to approach this? Leave a comment to let us know!