I'm looking for some advice about how to help bub take a bottle of EBM. My DD is 4.5 months old and is exclusively breastfed, she was born 4 weeks early and was in neonatal care for 2 weeks. She required nasogastric tube feeding for about 12 days - first with formula then breastmilk when it came in. She was required to bottle-feed to be discharged so she could *just* take a bottle then. We didn't persevere with that as we wanted to focus on my breastfeeding.
I have always fed with a nipple shield due to her inability to latch/suck. I thought that might help us with using a bottle as she's not direct on the breast but it hasn't helped in that regard. Every time we've tried to get her to take a bottle of EBM the past couple of months she refuses. We've tried medela, avent and bottles/teats from the neonatal unit. I'm feeding 2-3 hourly during the day.
I've just found out I've got a childcare spot from feb. 11 weeks away. I'll only put her in 2-3 hours twice a week and I know she may be feeding less by then (7 months old) but I'd like her to be able to take s bottle of needed. We usually get my DH to try with the bottle with me not around. Does anyone have any advice about how to encourage her to take a bottle? Steps to follow? Bottle recommendations? She's a pretty steadfast little thing. I bought a closer to nature first sips sippy cup on the weekend for her to play with in the hope that she may suck on it so I've been putting a bit of milk in there but no luck yet I'll keep trying with that but anything else I can do? Thanks in advance 😀