My daughter is 5 months old, and set in her ways. I need to wean her from the breast and onto a bottle of formula because I am currently taking narcotics for pain control because I have severe arthritis in my lower back. Right now, I am on low doses of narcotics because I am breastfeeding, but I am going back to work on the 29th of this month, and I will need more frequent and stronger doses of narcotics just to be able to work 8 hours a day.
Since my daughter was 3 months old, my husband and I had tried to
introduce her to a bottle (no formula, just breastmilk), and she flat
out refused. She hates pacifiers as well, so I know that it is because
it feels nothing like momma's nipple. After many, many attempts, we gave
up for the time being because everything anyone had suggested to us was
not working, and weaning was not that important at that time.
It is very important that she become weaned before I go back to work so that my husband is not dealing with a screaming baby on a constant basis. I am no longer trying to wean with breastmilk because that will defeat the whole purpose of me weaning her in the first place. Here is what we have tried so far:
We have tried waiting until she was very hungry (early in the morning, or in the middle of the night), and she will turn purple crying for breastmilk, and will refuse to drink the bottle.
We have tried putting it into a sippy cup, and she loves the sippy cup because it's interesting, but she WILL NOT drink the formula. She will drink breastmilk from it though.
I have tried mixing my breastmilk with formula in both equal and unequal ratios (like my doctor suggested), but she just won't have it.
We have tried different brands of formula because I know different brands taste different (I know because I have tasted them), but no matter what kind of formula we use, she still will not drink it.
I am not sure what else to do short of adding some strawberry milk mix to the formula, but I know that is not safe. I am out of ideas, and everything I have tried has failed. I am running out of time, and I am not so sure what to do at this point.
I would love to hear from any parents that were successful in weaning their child from the breast to a bottle of formula, and any suggestions any of you might have. I am willing to try almost anything.