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Returning to work at 7 months - bottle refuser(11 Posts)
Also, he massively reverse-cycled (sorry!) So he fed loads at evenings and in the night, and we kept feeding until 23 months.
We did the same OP with my eldest DC, I went back to work at 7 months and DH took 3 months' leave. DS was a boob addict and total bottle refuser for me, but when I was out of the house he took a bottle from DH fine. Oddly he liked it fridge-cold, but he was teething at the time so the teat may have been nice for him. We used Medela calma bottles.
Thank you. I'm desperately trying not to focus on it too much right now (I have a tendency to over stress things) so will keep trying at the same time each day
She is more likely to take a bottle from your OH than you. And by 7 months, she can have a bf from you first thing in the morning, solid food and water to drink all day then a couple more bf when you get home from work. Don't worry now, 3 months is a long time for a baby, and it will work out.
I had this at 7 months. Tried everything. Ours liked mam bottles and to have the milk hot (above 43 degrees). She still wouldn't take the bottle when I went back though. I was pumping and it was stressful because we didn't want to waste the milk. Essentially, she took it when she was thirsty enough. This meant we all had a stressful day; but once it was over we never had an issue again. Good luck.
Don’t worry about it.
It may seem a big thing now but by the time she’s 7m she will be weaning, and milk schedules and volume of milk will become more flexible.
I had a bottle refuser . I also went back at 7m. She just fed before I went to work, had yoghurt/cheese/cereal as snacks at normal milk time, then had a big feed when I got home.
She did pick up a night feed for a while to make up but that was no big deal. Weekends she went back to her normal routine.
My first was also a bottle refuser. Because I didn’t know once weaning started it was perfectly possible to be away for the day, i had to force the bottles and switch to formula completely as she wouldn’t mix feed. Once i got her to take a bottle she wouldn’t bf.
With my second she had issues which meant continued bf was best for her. So i did my research, we gave it a go, and we bf for 2 years with me working
So at 7m bottles aren’t essential. You can work round it.
My DD is also a bottle refuser and I actually gave up and bought a cup instead (munchkin 360 cup). It's a bit messier but DD happily drinks from that and maybe we'll be able to skip bottles all together.
Mines 8 months and a refuser, following for advice as I have tried every kind of bottle and teat and she totally wont accept
Mine was a bottle refuse as well but I just gave her one every day at the same time and eventually she drank it. Took about 2 weeks I think. Just be patient and persevere x
It might take a couple of tries, don't give up OP. Try again once in a while over the course of a week and see if she gets used to it? Some kids take longer than others with the bottle and that's totally fine
My DD is 4 months and I am doing shared parental leave which means I return to work when she is 7 months & DH will take over.
I tried a bottle on DD today & she was having none of it. I'm now at a total panic that she will still be like this when I return to work.
Does anyone have any tips/reassurance? What if she refuses the bottle when I go back & she's with DH??