Ha! A clever title. Even if it doesn’t ACTUALLY make sense.
Here is my dilemma, Internets. Luna hates bottles. HATES. They give her tiny infant rage. (She once grabbed the nipple of the bottle and squirt its contents into John’s face while yelling at him. So.)
Starting in January, when she’ll be 11 months, I will be teaching two in person classes, twice a week. So I will be gone from about 7AM until about 1PM two days a week.
Right now I’m only gone “long” one day a week, and for five hours, not seven. We used to have the sitter try to give her some formula, but quickly abandoned that idea and so now Luna gets a pouch at lunchtime and waits for me to get home for nursing. It works out OK. I do pump, because I’m scared of my supply crashing, but it makes me somewhat irritated because I essentially pump and dump, since Luna will have nothing to do with expressed milk.
So. My question.
What do I DOOOOO?
Seven hours seems like a long time go without nursing and have her maintain an interest in it, and I’m not really sure I want to wean her completely. I mean. I could, I guess. But I like it. And I fought hard to get here.
So, I see my options as:
- Continue what we do now, and hope that 7 hours of no nursing and no bottles is not the switch to weaning her.
- Pump and dump like I do now to maintain supply
- Forget pumping, because it sucks, and cross fingers that my supply doesn’t vanish
- Wean her
- Try giving her expressed milk (or other milk, or “milk” like rice or whatever) in a straw or sippy cup
At 11 months I don’t really see a point in trying to persuade her to take a bottle, since we’ll just be trying to take it away a month later.
She’s pretty good at using a straw cup, but I haven’t given her anything but water in it. It also isn’t very leakproof, so I should maybe look into other cups.
So….I guess I really am already planning on option 3 (my pump is barely hanging on, but I think it’ll continue to get the job done) and I just want you tell me that it’s the right choice and will all be fine, and also tell me your favorite baby straw cup.