My son will NOT take a bottle (long but I need HELP)
My son is almost 8 months old. I've had to go back to work part-time and may go back full-time eventually. My SIL keeps him while I'm working. He absolutely refuses the bottle and cup. He's never really drank from a cup, more just biting on it. She's tried three different kinds of cups and three or four different kinds of bottles. He just won't drink from a bottle/cup... He likes to drink from our cups when we have drinks so I told her to put some breast milk in a regular cup and he won't even take it that way. He won't take formula either. We've tried three different kinds.
What I don't understand is that right after he was born he was taking a bottle of breastmilk or formula from her with no problems. Then I finished college and stayed home with him (I guess that was my mistake... I stopped giving him a bottle completely). And now he won't have anything to do with it.
I hate it that I'm at work all day while he is refusing to eat. He does take some baby food so I do feel better knowing he is getting SOMETHING but it still bothers me that he won't take breastmilk... Is there something wrong with my breastmilk?
I still nurse him when he is with me b/c I don't want to completely stop nursing him but I feel as if that may be my only choice.
Someone told me to tell my SIL to offer NOTHING but the bottle all day while she has him and he will eventually take it. To me that sounds like starving him and I don't want to do that. He is close enough to that already, in my opinion.
Does anyone have any advice? Anyone ever had this problem? I'm just torn and don't know what to do.