Exclusively breastfed baby - not a great eater and won't go onto formula

Teresa - posted on 09/24/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Help! Any advice? Going back to work in about a months time and she's only taking 1oz of formula if that! Always wants me to breastfeed. Which I don't mind but when I go back to work my MIL wants to bottle feed to get her to nap. She's 10 months now.

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Dove - posted on 09/24/2014

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There is no reason to need to use formula or bottles at this point... especially if she's resisting. Can you pump (I could never respond well to one)? She's old enough to eat solids and have water in a sippy cup while you are away from her and just breastfeed more when you are together if you want to go that route. If you can pump your MIL can try to give her some of your milk in a sippy cup or bottle as well.

Do you HAVE to go back to work soon? Waiting until she weans (or at least is over a year) is another option that some women choose.

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Dove - posted on 09/26/2014

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Honestly I don't know. My girls would take anything, so being away from them for a couple of hours at a time was no problem. My son ONLY took me and freaked out w/out me.... for a very long time.

Teresa - posted on 09/25/2014

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Thanks again Dove. I love breastfeeding. When I'm not with baby what would you suggest we try give her to help soothe her? She doesn't like a dummy and she won't seem to take a comforter/cuddly toy.
Also do you know if cows milk is tastier than formula. I just wonder will she take to cows milk when she's 1. I've heard that getting baby to give up breast milk is also hard.

Dove - posted on 09/25/2014

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I'm sorry. Breast milk absolutely does still give her all she needs under a year... as I've got the 6 year old to prove it. ;) Of course if you aren't going to be w/ her she will NEED something... and that isn't up to MIL. If she won't listen to you and respect you and your child... she may not be the right one to be providing her child care.

I really don't know how to solve your dilemma though... unfortunately as I know if my son had been in the same position it would NOT have gone well at all. I was lucky enough to be able to bring him w/ me when I had to work though.

I hope you figure out what will work for your girl.

Teresa - posted on 09/25/2014

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Thanks dove!
Unfortunately I have to go back in November :(
I try explaining to mil that she doesn't need formula but she's saying baby must have bottle to help her self soothe. I worry because LO gets very upset to the extent of throwing up and hyperventilating when she's made to do something she doesn't like eg bottle!! Mil just won't listen. And baby does tend to need boob to sleep. Have been trying to up her solids but I think as she knows she is going to get boob she doesn't eat as much. People keep saying breast milk won't give her all the nutrition she needs but when you speak to someone pro breastfeeding they tell you that actually breast milk does. So confused. Conflicting info and crazy mil doesn't help. Just want LO to not suffer.

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