Wednesday Sydney went on a bottle strike and she hasn’t had one since. It’s very strange. It’s not like she hasn’t been sucking down bottles since she was 1-week old. She has been strictly bottle fed at day-care and breastfed at home (as long as I’m here, but if not she gets a bottle at home too). I figured it was just her self-weaning down to 3 ‘milk’ feedings a day. But when she refused a single bottle at day-care on Friday I began to worry…cause refusing a bottle at day-care means she only gets 2 ‘milk’ feedings a day and those both come from me.
And Friday night she refused the bedtime bottle from the baby-sitter and went to bed without milk (but slept the night so I’m not complaining).
And today she refused a bottle at 9, noon, and pretty much all afternoon until I finally gave in and breast-fed her at 4:00 PM
I’ve tried everything that I can think of; warm milk, cold milk, fresh milk, defrosted milk, milk in a familiar sippy cup, milk in new sippy cups, milk diluted with water. She will take milk from a cup with no lid, but goodness it’s messy and time-consuming to give 6 oz of milk to a 10-month old this way. Half the time she just wants to stick her hand in it and splash around and most the milk goes down her face and onto her bib so in the end I’m not sure how much she is really getting.
Bah. I don’t know what to do. I’m hoping like other times when I was at a loss (like when she wouldn’t eat solids or when she was showing sings of food allergies) and posted about it, the problem amazingly solved itself.
This problem just has a bit of a time-clock to it because Royce and me (and my boobs) leave for vacation in a couple of weeks without this little monster…and I’m afraid Grandma will have one hell of a visit if Syd is continuing this bottle strike. Not to mention 4-days without breast milk sorta concerns me even if she is a good solid-food eater.