The quest to get my daughter to take a bottle took six months, about £300 and pretty much my sanity. I read every word on the web on the subject. I read every crank Netmums post, every advice page and every bottle review. I listened to peoples tips and recommendations. We have heard and tried them all. When it comes to bottles there are so many. It’s hard to know where to start and even harder to know where to go next when your baby rejects one.
So, disclosure I’m 32 and I can’t drive. I know, I know. I’m too old not to drive and now I’m a mama I need to get my shit together and pass my test. And I will. Soon. Maybe. But until then I am quite happy being a train wanker.
A while back, I wrote a post about how my being a new parent is pretty tough on the Dad too. Six months on and the baby still doesn’t tend to stick to any plans but she will now take a bottle. So where bedtime used to be a ladies-only, boob-fest, Not-the-Mama can now get involved and we are ever closer to the 50/50 parenting we always planned to do.
Breastfeeding is hard. Moving from breast to bottle can sometimes be even harder. You might be exhausted and need a break or you’re going back to work or you’ve just decided that enough is enough, you’ve done your best mama and you want to move on to the bottle. But what happens if they won’t take one?
A week ago today, my daughter took a bottle of formula milk from her Dad. Might not sound like a big deal but it was an emotional day in the Evans’ household because up until now, our six month old daughter has refused ALL bottles.