I am a breastfeeding mom to a 3-year-old lad and a nearly 10-month old boy. As much as possible, we direct latch as I always believe it strengthens my bonding with my boys. There is nothing sweeter than sharing this experience with them. And every time they look into my eyes, it simply melts my heart.
There are times, though, I need to attend to a few errands. Or there are some commitments I need to fulfill. On those days I will be away for a while, I hand express and leave my breast milk in a small drinking cup. My husband or boys will just thaw my milk and serve it to my little man. We don’t use a feeding bottle. It happened to my toddler already that he didn’t drink my milk. Perhaps because he didn’t like a plastic nipple. There are also stories from friends that their babies, after learning how to use feeding bottles, would prefer the former than their mama’s breasts. It is because feeding from a bottle is way easier than a human nipple.