5 week old DD is ebf, and I express every morning so that DH can give her a bottle last thing at night.
For the last two nights DD has refused to take the bottle, getting really upset each time, to the point of hysteria. She pushes the bottle away, but then suddenly takes it and sucks madly for a few seconds, before spitting the bottle out and pushing it away again, getting very upset the whole time.
She has been taking a bottle since 2 weeks old with no problems. I can't work out if the teat is maybe flowing too fast or too slow, or if she has just suddenly taken against bottles for some reason. Last night in the end she did manage to drink about half the bottle.
I have some variflow teats which I need to buy some new bottles for (they didn't fit the old bottles). I am planning to try them tonight, but do we possibly have nipple confusion or some sort of bottle regression on our hands?
As a side point, she has also been fussy on the breast for the last couple of days, although has been feeding with no problems.
Taking the bottle for a bit and then rejecting it later is quite common. She may just be sending you a clear message, she wants you. At this age she probably doesn't even realise that she is separate from you.
Does DH have to give a bottle? If its to give you a break, is the expressing and screaming really giving you a break? If its so that DH can have some time with her, wouldn't he prefer some more positive time like bathing her or taking her out for a walk (when the ice goes) when he's home so that they can have an hour together and you get an hour on your own. If giving her ebm is really important to you, have you thought about alternative feeding methods? Have you read how to bottle feed the bf baby too?
Tonight we tried feeding earlier so she wasn't overtired, plus used a new bottle with a variflow teat. I was on hand just in case and after initially pushing it away DD took the whole lot. Much better experience for all concerned. If we experience problems again though I think we'll drop it - its not fair to DH that his "quality time" ends up a battle ground.