Luckily, Deb is able to offer you some advice as to how to deal with the physicians in the UK, I don't know anything about how your system works as I'm in the states. But, I can tell you that I know that the UK is now so ill advanced in medicine that they should expect you to wait until May for anything when your lo has struggled for so long already. Put up a good fight, you truly are your lo's advocate!
ColenLiam's mom, please let me know what you find out!
Mel,it isn't totally unheard of to not have had any major respiratory issues. My son would get congested for short periods of time following a feed but it never developed into anything worse than that (thank heavens!) At this point, your lo is old enough that he has probably mastered the spoon quite well as it is a much more controlled way of eating. Deb gave you some great advice on putting liquids on a binky or even just controlled straw trials (i.e., plug the straw with your finger and put some liquid in his mouth. At your son's age, I would just work on open cup drinking and forget the bottle. He's old enough to get rid of the bottle and though it will be messy, it's always better to get to a cup ASAP anyway. I'm glad you've called your lo's GI doctor, hopefully he'll help you out. At 7 mos., his drinking problem has maybe become behavioural at this point, but there is a reason for it, he didn't just decide he didn't want the bottle just "because", he's really too young to do things like that, something was wrong that made him refuse his bottle, whether it's dysphagia or something else! Let me know if you have more questions!