It's times like these when I'm ok with not breastfeeding (these times are few and far between so I'll take it). Lately Senorita Chubs has decided that biting the bottle nipple is so much better than actually eating. In fact, feeding time has become play time. She starts by eating maybe a half ounce. Then it's time to bite down, smile, giggle, move her arms and legs around, let out some gas, fill her diaper, play with the bottle with her hands, bite down some more, turn her head and look at the fan, look at the wall, look at her hands ... mainly anything that doesn't involve eating. Lately because of her poor attempts to eat, she wakes up at 5:30am ready to start her day. This is not my favorite time to be up in the morning so I usually just feed her and put her back to bed. But instead of having a quick 15 minute feeding session, it turns into 30 minutes as I try repeatedly to get the bottle in her mouth and keep it there long enough for her to eat a decent amount.
Of course I am looking at the positive in all of this. She is biting on a plastic nipple and not my own. For this I am grateful. I'm not grateful, however for these marathon feeding sessions where she eventually refuses the bottle entirely and starts fussing - even if she's only taken a couple of ounces. Could she be teething? I don't know, seems a little early for that. Sick? Possibly, but she's not overly fussy when she's not eating. Reflux? She's on prevacid so I would assume that is taking care of that issue. So, if anyone has any ideas as to what is causing her to eat less, and chew more, please let me know so we can "nip" this in the bud.