DD is 6 mnths old, and is exclusively breastfed. I'm an attachment parent and therefore rarely leave my baby. Lately though, I've been feeling a bit stressed and tense. We have been apart for two stints; one of 4 hours (before which she had taken two bottles absolutely perfectly) and one of 3, since she was born. I know it's all part and parcel of being a mum and I'm sick of people lecturing me, that this is the path I chose etc. I don't drive so have been feeling a little bit trapped and housebound. I really, really need a timeout. Just for a few hours.
However, the little lady refuses to take a bottle of ebm. She will put it in her mouth but will just muck around, chew on it etc and won't actually latch on and drink. I have tried calling the ABA, the parent helpline, seeing the child health nurse, every bottle and teat imaginable, medicine cup, sippy cup, syringe, spoon etc. And it is just not working. A few people have said, "just leave her, she won't starve, she'll have to drink it eventually". But I'm not comfortable leaving my baby to scream for hours and refuse feeds just for my own personal sanity. It feels selfish.
I have been worrying if she will ever take a bottle..after the 4 hour stint where she screamed and refused it (which was over three months ago). I have been trying to get her to take a bottle of ebm or water at least every two days. And still nothing. I have recently tried the MAM bottles and she LOVED it - she took about 30mls and latched on perfectly...I cried I was so excited. So I went and bought two bottles and have been giving her ebm twice a day and now nothing. I have tried EVERYTHING! I think her not taking a bottle is due to separation anxiety; that she associates the bottle with me leaving. She now comfort feeds at least 5 times a night. I am exhausted and I don't know what to do
Sorry for the incredibly long vent!