Originally Posted by EuroMama
My lactation consultant actually told me that at around 3 months they go through this growth spurt where they have the need to nurse OFTEN and that during this time alot of woman give up because they are tired and to hang in there if it happeneds.
Absolutly!!! I was just so determined to see this BF thing through, I nursed him through bloody nipples, extreme pain, and continuing on through the fatigue. Growth spurts are evil. Two things keep me going...the sense of calm and peace I feel about 30 seconds into nursing him, and that smile he gives with the nipple still in his mouth :) Oh yeah, and the health and economic benefits aren't bad either...oooh, and being allowed to legally flash people!!
Originally Posted by rainface
My little one is 3 months old too...well, in 10 days. She has been taking looooonnnnggg naps and last night she nursed all night, which is unusual for her. Kiddo has been up 2x a night to eat since she came home from the hospital. I'm wondering if the 3 month growth spurt is upon us :)
Anyway, I wanted to commiserate with you on the crying being upsetting thing. I'm so sick of being lectured by everyone about how I have to toughen up "she's just going to cry sometimes, why do you let it bother you so much?". When she cries, it really upsets me...makes me sick to my stomach. I think we're biologically wired to respond when our babies are upset. And it's not like I could do anything different anyway...oxytocin rules my life right now :) As a result, the only person I'm comfortable leaving her with is my mom, she's the only other person who seems to take soothing her as seriously as I do.
You know, Kai goes through the 'typical' growth spurts at least a couple weeks before they are due. He has, howevere, nursed all night long since out first night together :( hopefully for you your baby will go back to waking less at night once she's got through this developmental milestone.
I too hate those people who come over and want me to put the baby down in their seing or something, or try to encourage me to let dad give him a bottle (yeah, I'm going to express even MORE milk during the day so DH can feed him, nah), or just "accept" that babies cry. It's crap. My aunt, wj=hom I adore, kept telling me to do these things, and I finally emailed her Dr Sears' High Needs Chekclist. Her response? "Wow, I just...wow. I just wanted to help." Yeah, I know...but it wasn't working!!
Also, I hate people who try to tell me I don't know what my baby is feeling. I KNOW he was traumatised by his birth. I KNOW he's mad at me for leaving him to go back to work (he wont make eye contact with me for HOURS after I get home!!!). I KNOW he gets scared when he is sleeping alone. Geez!
Originally Posted by EuroMama
Anyone have a snacker??? Sometimes my 2 week old will nurse 5 minutes and then get off the breast.
Oh yes...Kai's a crazy snacker. Now that I'm back at work he takes about 3 2oz bottles while I'm gone. That's him eating three times in 9 hours. He's obviously capable of going longer than 1 1/2 hours between meals!!! I find a lot of it to be comfort nursing though...and if it weren't for that chance to reconnect when I get home, and cuddle at night (despite how tired I am), he might not remember me at all :(