Going back to work had been such a breeze that first week. My husband stayed home, which was great. I ran home about lunchtime to nurse Baby Girl, and she drank pumped milk from a bottle the rest of the time. It was all good. Happy, shiny people.
And then the ear infection came.
I don't know if it's the infection, or the antibiotics (which, among other things, has been causing Massive Diaper Blowouts the likes of which are going to turn her bedroom into a Superfund cleanup site), or just her little stubborn personality making its first grand appearance, but she has suddenly decided, after months of being fine with it, that she is NOT going to drink from the bottle. No, no, no, no, no, Mom. NOT. DOING. IT.
She gets the bottle in her mouth and tongues it around for awhile before realizing, "Hey, this isn't a real boob; this is some kind of rubber fake boob and IT IS REALLY PISSING ME OFF." And while I'm glad that she's not a fan of fake boobs, the bottle-refusal piece is problematic.
We've tried dipping the nipple in sugar water, which worked once, and then she seems to have figured that out. Sometimes she'll take it if I start her by nursing and then slip her onto the bottle, but that doesn't really fix the whole "Mom needs to work and you have to eat without her sometimes" thing.
Any ideas? I welcome advice of all kinds.