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Maybe it is more of a SNAFU -
Here is the deal: Ds (14 months) got sick 5 days ago - was so stuffy he couldn't nurse or take a bottle (all efforts to clear him up didn't work and I think his sore throat and ear ache detered him from sucking). Anyway, I pumped and fed him milk via dropper (can you say finger cramps!) for days. Yesterday I finally got him to at least take a bottle.
I still can't get him to nurse, he turns away, or tries for a second and crys. He is still stuffed up, but I often see him breathing through his nose when he can so I don't know what is up. I don't want to pump and bottle him, I want him to nurse! It is driving me nuts and making me edgy and very sad. Do you think he will return to nursing? Is there anything I can do? I don't want to force him, but when I got him to take the bottle it took a little persistence. ??????
Since this started he hasn't nursed at night. When is a good time to nightwean? (I realize this seems contradictory to what I want above, but I figure if I can cut down the night nursing, which is 2-8 x / night .... you know). Anyway, if he is a week into not nursing at night, should I continue? What do I do? I know I don't want to have to get up and carry him around to get him back to sleep everynight, but sometimes all I have to do is pat and hold him.
I just don't know what to do, I'm all out of sorts about all this! I want pre-sick nursing relationship back!
Thanks for listening...