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March 8th, 2013, 09:37 AM
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We have a nanny for Kira one day per week so that I can go to doctor's appointments, etc. Lately (the last 3 or 4 weeks) she's eaten all of the solid food I've sent along but hasn't touched the bottle of milk. I've had to throw out a full bottle of milk every week.

My options seem to be:

1) Request that the nanny try harder to feed Kira the bottle. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get her to nurse, so I imagine the bottle would be even more difficult.

2) Stop sending a bottle along and just have Kira eat the solid food during the day

Any advice? I think#2 would be easier (and it's essentially what she's doing now since she doesn't eat the milk I send) but it doesn't seem "right" to me. On the other (non-nanny) days, she's still nursing 2 or 3 times between 9am and 5pm, so it seems odd to me that once a week she wouldn't have any milk during that time.

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March 9th, 2013, 09:02 PM
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I'd go with #1. Maybe have nanny try bottle before offering solids

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March 9th, 2013, 09:27 PM
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Does Kira drink from a sippy? JR has never taken a bottle (didn't have a need in the early days/didn't want to pump unless I needed to) but he will take a sippy of milk. Otherwise, it isn't odd to hear about babies who prefer the breast over a bottle and refuse the bottle/milk until Mom's back.

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March 10th, 2013, 03:30 PM
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The sippy cup is a good idea; I'll try that. Kira has been with this nanny once a week for months and it's only the last couple of weeks that she's not taking the bottle. I also like the idea of offering the milk before the solids; I'll definitely mention that to the nanny.

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March 11th, 2013, 06:52 AM
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I would try the sippy cup also. Jacob still takes a bottle at daycare but if the other kids have a sippy cup he will refuse the bottle and point at the sippy cup and scream until they give him one. Plus at this age it's time for us to get these babies off the bottles and transitioned to sippy cups anyway so hopefully the sippy cup will for Kira.

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March 14th, 2013, 09:22 AM
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Update: the sippy cup worked pretty well. She still didn't drink the whole thing, but she definitely drank more than she does out of the bottle. Thanks for the tip!
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March 15th, 2013, 07:55 AM
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Bryson started this as well this week.... I dumped 8oz of Breast milk DOWN the drain I wanted to cry because I can only pump 1oz from both sides combined
I asked what to do at the LLL meeting last night and the suggestion was skip the sippy and go right to a regular cup.... I am thinking YEAH right who is going to sit there with him and feed him sip by sip.
I am going to work on a sippy cup with him because starting next month I have to work again and will be leaving him 10-12 hours at a time.

he refused for My husband Saturday and then for the sitter Tuesday. I was gone 3 hours when the sitter had him and typically he starts to get excited when he sees the bottle. I tried to feed it to him and there was no forcing him he was swatting it away and pulling his head away hard crying.

When Madison was little she took a bottle up to 18mo when I was not around never a problem.

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