Come July I will hopefully (fingers crossed) have four dairy does kidding down. Now, I want to bottle raise the kids, because in my experience, I like the temperament on bottle fed dairy goats better than dam raised. I know that dam raised can be just as good, and I really dont want this to turn into a dam vs bottle raise. My problem is this - and it might seem a bit silly but I'm worried about it - I'm a wimp when it comes to taking the bubs away from their mums. I HATE weaning time, I just cant stand the cries of sad mum and sad babies, but at least I can justify it by saying that it needs to be done, its time and they no longer need the nutritional or social aspect of mum. But the thing is, I honestly am worried about taking new, fresh, tiny little babies away from mum who has only just had them. The more I think about it, the worse it gets. Put her through the pain and stress and hard work of labour then take away her reward - her baby. Take her baby, which belongs to her, not me? And I dont know honestly that I'm gonna be able to put up with the crying of the mum, the mourning for her baby. I know this is silly. But is there any way to leave mum and babies together but still bottle feed? Teat tape perhaps? Or maybe just give top ups with the bottle, or separate off for a little while and give a bottle? That way mum and bub still get the social link but I still get the temperament of bottle babies? Or do I just need to get over it? Those of you who pull for bottle feeding, how to you cope with the grieving mums?