So we missed the mark. We never gave Gunnar a bottle early on because, well I never thought to. Breast feeding was going well and frankly the thought never crossed my mind. What a MISTAKE! I didn't realize that by neglecting to introduce him to the bottle I was setting myself up for being attached to G permanently for 6+ months.
It wasn't until Gunnar's 2 month checkup that the Pediatrician asked about the bottle. She suggested we start offering it nightly to get him used to it. So we tried...for 2 weeks. I tried several different kinds of bottles. Different nipples. Bottle after bottle...
He just played with it and didn't eat.
Finally 2 weeks in he took a bottle from his Grandma Kathy. (The bottle that worked was the Playtex Drop-in's and Kathy thinks it helped that you could sort of squeeze the liner and get milk to flow into his mouth.) Victory! Sort of. Not really. In the weeks that followed Gunnar rarely if ever took another bottle. It's on his terms. He's taken a total of 6 successful bottles.