Miriam takes a bottle like a pro! Hooray!
Naomi never took a bottle. At LLL I tell moms that bottle refusal is a temperment thing, and there's very little you can do to convince a baby whose dead-set against bottles to take one readily. I've known a lot of babies who reverse cycle when their moms go back to work, nursing constantly at home and at night and taking only a minimal amount during the day. In Naomi's case I think part of her bottle refusal was my ambivalence about her having one. Of course I regretted it later when she was 7 months old and I needed a haircut, and wished I had just gotten over myself and allowed some rubber to pass her lips on a regular basis.
Of course, she may have had a problem with the taste. I have a rare problem with my milk souring after a day in the fridge or a week in the freezer. I fussed with my freezer settings, personal hygiene and storage methods and nothing helped. Turns out it's caused by an excess of lipase. I found this out when Naomi was tiny and I threw away eleven ounces of painstakingly hand expressed milk because it all tasted and smelled like spit-up. All my LLL resources and training has not offered a solution to this problem, until Marta! She told me that if I scald the milk before storage it neutralizes the lipase and goddamn she's right! I pumped and scaled an experimental few ounces and it's still sweet after two days in the fridge! Yay! And she said that the sour milk won't hurt Miriam so if she doens't reject it, I don't even have to scald it! Double yay!
I can taste the freedom already! And, no, it does not taste like spit-up.