going back to work soon so will be digging out the breast pump - ds is almost 10mo and feeds 4 x day (on waking, mid pm, bedtime and dreamfeed when I go to bed) How much milk should I express for him for the mid afternoon feed? Obviously I have no idea how much he usually has per feed and he's a reluctant bottle feeder so when he stops you can't tell if it's refusal of the bottle or if he's had enough.
he may not even want daytime milk feeds - both mine (althought bottle fed) were on 2 milk feeds by 11 months. If you didnt want to express you could even offer small amounts of cows milk as a drink when you are at work. A few ounces would probably be plenty and he can always make up the amount in the evenings when you are home from work.
I expressed and offered him 3oz today, he was having none of it but then happily took a BF about 10 mins later (once he'd calmed down from the complete meltdown/crying/tantrum he had about the bottle) He'll take water from the same bottle but not expressed milk Thinking of trying formula, but would cow's milk be ok? I want to get him used to a bottle before going back to work.
Why not try a cup? You're supposed to wean them off bottles by a year anyway.
I started giving my ds one cup of cow's milk a day from 10.5 months (plus three breastfeeds) - it took a month before he drank and oz Now (almost 12 months) some days he'll drink 3oz, some just a sip. Three breastfeeds a day is plenty though so I'm not worried really about this one cup at nursery.
I think I'll try other types of milk in the bottle/cup. He'll happily drink water from both, so maybe it's the ebm he's objecting to? I would let him drop that feed but dh looked after him y'day pm and said ds was wailing and hungry but refused bottle and got so upset he didn't even want a fromage frais instead (ds normally loves fromage frais!)