How do I get my baby to accept a bottle while I’m at work?
Q: I am breastfeeding and intend to go back to work part time in the mornings. Our son is 3½ months old, and whenever we try to give him a bottle, he has a complete fit. Daddy was trying to feed him a bottle of breast milk the other night and he cried for 15 minutes and then fell asleep in his arms, refusing to eat at all. He needs to get used to this with Daddy so I can go back to work. Any helpful ideas?
A: Dear Kathleen,

You pose an interesting question, one I hear many times a year. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer, mostly trial and error that is part of the process of parenting.

I tend to look at these issues from a pragmatic viewpoint. Obviously, your son has shown his preference. The main question is, what are you going to do about it? Should you stay home and adhere to his demands? Of course not! You should go back to work and continue to offer him breast milk. If he refuses, he will be hungry until you return home. However, I am willing to bet that he will accept the bottle sooner than later. And I'd welcome the opinion of our readers on this one. I bet they would come up with some very creative solutions.

Relax and enjoy motherhood. This won't be the last time your son gives you a run for your money!