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WindFlower92 Thu 23-Jan-20 11:32:47

Hi all, I'm panicking slightly as I go back to work in April and baby still isn't taking the bottle at all. She'll have a sip of some formula from an open cup but that's it. Obviously we're working on this, but will a nursery be willing to take a baby that refuses a bottle? Has anyone been in this situation and how did you all work around it?

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BecauseReasons Thu 23-Jan-20 11:34:40

How old will the baby be? Mine has never taken a bottle in her life- ebf. I was away 12 hours a day and she just went without and nursed more when I got home. She was fine, 11 months old at the time.

BecauseReasons Thu 23-Jan-20 11:35:31

We're still nursing almost a year after I went back to work full time.

WindFlower92 Thu 23-Jan-20 11:53:36

She'll be 10 months old. How was it at first? Surely she screamed all day? sad

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WindFlower92 Fri 24-Jan-20 19:07:40

Bumping for reassurance!

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BecauseReasons Fri 24-Jan-20 19:20:59

How was it at first? Surely she screamed all day?

Nope, she was absolutely fine and we never had any tears at all. Ours was with a nanny, so different situation to nursery, but the same as far as milk goes and she was absolutely fine. I built up to it over a few weeks, leaving her a little longer each week. So from a couple of hours the first week to almost a full day by week 4.

WindFlower92 Sat 25-Jan-20 04:02:06

That's good to hear. Will put her on for some morning sessions then first.

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nachthexe Sat 25-Jan-20 04:20:04

I stopped bf cold turkey at 10 months as this was ds. It was the only thing that worked. We had tried everything else.

BecauseReasons Sat 25-Jan-20 08:37:53

I do think they know when you're not there so it doesn't distress them like it does when you're there but not giving them what they want. Mine eats much better when she's with her nanny because she knows there's no alternative. She's a fussier eater when I'm home. I think she'll be fine, OP, but I appreciate your worry- I posted a very similar post to yours a couple of months before I started back at work.

I would say leave the nursery with some expressed milk (you'll probably want to express in the very early days anyway-because you'll be very engorged by lunch) but be prepared that she may not drink it. That's what I did, I stopped pumping a couple of weeks in when it became clear she had no intention of drinking what I pumped!

WindFlower92 Sun 26-Jan-20 10:18:39

Thanks all smile I'll try expressing, although I doubt she'll go for that either!

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