What do the following brands have in common?Avent,Tommee Tippee,Nuk,Mam,Dr Browns and Medela? They all produce baby paraphernalia including bottles and teats,all of which Mini Mini has refused to drink from.
When I embarked on my breastfeeding journey I envisaged difficulties at the start(there were!) but I got over them and never imagined that the end of my role as walking food source would be so traumatic.
Mini Mini hates plastic.She took a bottle a few times when she was still very small but has since decided that it’s no longer for her.She won’t take soothers and is less than impressed with the baby spoons we have been introducing her to while weaning. So it is with bottles. A fake plastic boob is just not to her taste. She knows what she likes and she likes the real deal,accepting no substitute and screaming blue murder if we try to feed her any other way.
It’s expressed breast milk we re trying her with so it’s just the packaging that’s different,the product remains the same but she refuses to play ball.
This is all well and good but this milk machine will be retiring her jugs forever in just a few short weeks as I’m returning to work full time at the end of June.(Urgh,excuse me I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit at the prospect!)
My employer is not very flexible so I don’t see them trying too hard to fit a nursing baby into their perceived busy schedule for me.Also,myself and the Frenchman are booked to go to London just before my return to work. My cousin is getting married over there and it’s going to be a great family reunion.The last time all the cousins were together was my granny’s funeral I think,all the way back in 1992!!
The flights and accommodation are booked,French Granny is coming all the way from France to mind the minis.Everything’s sorted.
Only Mini Mini didn’t get the memo.
I’m at my wits end.We’ve spent a bloody fortune buying all those different teats and I even bought a sippy cup for her which went the same way as the bottles.
I’ve tried putting my little finger into her mouth with the teat( someone suggested this on an Internet forum)
We’ve tried distractions-feeding her in the dark with the night lights on,feeding her in front of a mirror,singing to her,cajoling her,stroking her face, positioning the bottle right beside my boob,allowing her to open her mouth then shoving the bottle in. All to no avail. And the clock is ticking.
Has anyone else had a baby who flat out refused the bottle and how did ye get around it?