For first 5 weeks I exclusively breast fed, then past 2 weeks have only bottle fed breast milk. After 2 weeks of no breast can a baby go back to breast or are we stuck just bottle feeding now?
It is definitely possible to get baby back to the breast after bottle feeding. First start by offering the baby the breast whenever you see feeding cues. Feeding cues include opening and closing mouth and sticking out tongue, bringing hands to the mouth, and rooting (moving head around as if looking for the breast). These are all early feeding cues, so if you offer the breast when you see these the baby is more likely to be patient and give feeding at the breast a chance. Before a feeding you can try hand expressing. This will help your milk start to flow so that baby is immediately rewarded with milk as soon as they latch on to the breast. Also be patient. It may take a little time but getting baby back to the breast is definitely possible.
All the best,
Molly Petersen, CLC