“He won’t go hungry. He’ll eventually take the bottle.”
These were the words baby boy’s pediatrician said regarding introducing bottle feeding. But, just how long is eventually?
When I went on the Disney Dream Christening cruise with baby girl in January, we were able to get him to drink from the bottle without any issues. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of not continuing to give him a bottle at least once a week, and now he completely refuses it.
We’ve been trying to introduce a bottle for a few weeks now, with no luck. Of course, my husband has tried feeding him, since we know it’s less likely baby boy will take the bottle from me. We’ve also tried two different kinds of bottles and a couple of different combinations with the formula. Even my pumped breast milk has been an issue.
Taking the advice of his pediatrician, we’ve persisted with the bottle and tried for hours at a time before I cave in and nurse him. As she said, if he’s hungry, he should take it. Apparently, our boy is quite the stubborn baby, though. He will go quite a while refusing the bottle, even though we know he’s hungry. So, how long is too long?
I love nursing baby boy. But, it would be nice to be able to take a break every now and then or be able to leave him with someone for more than an hour or two. His daddy and I would love to have a date night or even take baby girl to the movies and give her some “only for her” time.
We will keep trying. The latest suggestion I received that I need to try is to warm the bottle’s nipple a little.