Our latest adventure is in introducing the bottle to this exclusively breastfed little girl. Man oh man, bottle training is a bit daunting. I didn't start this whole fiasco at the "right" time which apparently is at 6 weeks. I don't know if that's why my baby girl is having issues accepting milk from the bottle or not, but I do know she looks at that bottle like it is highly suspect. Knowing that milk is supposed to come from mommy and not some hard plastic wannabe nipple, she just won't have it.
I really ought to take a moment and be thankful of the immense compliment there. I mean, after all, my little girl is pretty much saying she prefers me and won't take food from a stranger, ahem, bottle. Yep, on one side that's a pretty nice fuzzy-making feeling that is.
Just not in the cards for me right now, I guess.
I've researched the possible solutions to this and there are lots of suggestions out there. In our first attempt we:
1- Had the daddy feed the baby, apparently babies can smell their mom up to 20 feet away
2- Daddy sat her more upright so that she wouldn't equate laying down with nursing
3- Daddy gently tickled her lower lip so that she would open her mouth to invite the bottle in
4- Daddy let her taste the milk so that she wouldn't be overwhelmed with a heavy flow of milk
Yea...let's just say that if she was a cartoon, she'd be this kid: