You know how I’ve always lamented about the fact that I can’t produce enough breast milk, and have to supplement with formula for my babies? Well, now that Savanna is dead set against the bottle, in a way I got what I wished for. I no longer really have to give her bottles. Ha.
Since my whiny post about her rejecting the bottle, the situation has not improved. During the day, she would reject all the bottles I offer her. The little stinker. We’ve thrown out so much formula lately (ka-ching!). I tried using an eye dropper to drop formula into her mouth, and she just spits it all out.
At night, she would reject most of the bottles. The exception is the one right before bed. Around 9:30 or 10 pm, she is generally so tired that she’ll nurse with her eyes closed. That’s usually a good time for me to sneak a bottle in there. She can be tricked to drink anywhere from 10 to 30 ml. It’s very little, but I think it helps her feel fuller and she sleep better.
Night time feeding is a bit of a nightmare. When she was taking more formula, she would have a 4 1/2-hour stretch of sleep, then a 3-hour stretch. Now it’s anywhere between 2 to 3 hours. So all that means is I’m up a lot more often at night to feed her. She also feeds more frequently during the day. Some days it feels like I have a baby permanently attached to me.
For the first 2 1/2 months we had a comfortable routine we established and followed. It stressed me out the most when this new pattern first emerged and I didn’t know she was changing things up for us. I’ve now come to terms with it is what it is. Besides, for my baby to prefer the breast over the bottle is a much better problem than the other way around.