For the past two days, Nayj’s tita and I have been training Naya to drink breastmilk straight from the bottle. It has been a challenge for her as she refuses the bottle for a long time now. We had no problems with Nate as he can alternate between the bottle and the breast. But since I’ll be returning to work in less than three weeks, we opted to start training to Naya already. Plus, it’ll be less challenging on their future yaya to feed her if we start as early as now. I want to be the one to train her.
When I left for a short errand last Sunday, they mentioned that Naya refuses the bottle and chose to sleep instead. She was crying the whole time. It’s sad to know. As much as I want her to feed straight from my breast, I had to stand my ground and train her for the bottle. Yesterday, she drank from the bottle twice, also with a lot of crying, but only finished 2 oz instead of 3 oz. For today, I thought of having her bottle feed from 5am-5pm and then continue latching during evenings. She had three bottles now, she finished the first and second bottle, with the same amount of cry (haha), for only 2 oz just like yesterday. And now I felt so proud of her for finishing the third 3 oz bottle, straight, no cries, and felt asleep right after. Yaaaay! I hope the rest of the week would be the same as her third bottle.
I also had a better pumping routine for the meantime while I’m still on maternity leave. So that my stored breastmilk stash would be untouched, I opted to pump, pour the freshly pumped milk in their bottle and use it for their next feeding. I did this every three hours. And then by 5pm, they latch on me. My next pumping session by 8pm, while they’re still asleep, would be stored in a bottle and put in the refrigerator for their 6am feeding the next day.
How about you? Please share some tips on how you started training your baby from the breast to the bottle.