Baby won't take bottle!
WindFlower92 · 23/01/2020 11:32
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?
BecauseReasons · 23/01/2020 11:34
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 · 23/01/2020 11:35
We're still nursing almost a year after I went back to work full time.
WindFlower92 · 23/01/2020 11:53
She'll be 10 months old. How was it at first? Surely she screamed all day?
WindFlower92 · 24/01/2020 19:07
Bumping for reassurance!
BecauseReasons · 24/01/2020 19:20
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 · 25/01/2020 04:02
That's good to hear. Will put her on for some morning sessions then first.
nachthexe · 25/01/2020 04:20
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 · 25/01/2020 08:37
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 · 26/01/2020 10:18
Thanks all :) I'll try expressing, although I doubt she'll go for that either!
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