It appears the baby has decided that my breastmilk is surplus to requirements.
He’s gradually started to have more bottles over the last few weeks due to being out or my being desperate to get off the sofa and exercise or actually do the ironing/cleaning (the ironing pile was taller than my 10 year old daughter at one point!) but he always went back to breastfeeding without issue.
However over the last week he has refused to take any breastmilk at all, simply pulling away from my breast and not feeding until he has a bottle instead. There has only been one occasion in the last five days that he has fed from me and that was probably because he was exhausted and didn’t realise what he was doing anyway. It’s funny as he hated the taste of forumla milk when we first introduced him to a bottle, making faces at it, before guzzling it down and much preferred my milk. But it seems he knows exactly what he wants and no amount of coaxing will get him to take milk from me.
I’m not going to get upset about it, I’m rather happy that he has made the transition from breast to bottle on his own and when it suited him rather than me. If he wants breastmilk, he can have it and I do still offer it at every feed and will continue to do so for as long as I’m still producing milk. I will of course miss feeding him myself, it has been an absolute joy and so easy compared to my attempt at feeding my daughter all those years ago, but as with my entire approach to parenting this time around I’m very much leaving things down to the little one and how he wants to do things and if he decides that my boobs are to be given a P45 then so be it!