I've gone this long trying to be child-centered and attuned to my kid's needs. We have been extremely attentive and responded to every cry.
And now, DS is crying more than he ever has in his whole life. This week he has cried for an hour+ before bed. Then cried for 30-90 minutes during the night with DH. Then cried in the morning when he doesn't get to nurse for hours (I'm pregnant, I just can't bear [the pain of] nursing any longer than 45 minutes).
I feel like a horrible provider for this LO. I can't imagine what he's thinking. And what this "new" crying is doing to his body and his ability to go to sleep peacefully.
We try everything short of nursing him. I mean, I nurse him for 30-45 minutes before bed, then put him to bed, and he freaks out.
I know this may have something to do with my milk supply dropping, but I don't know what to do about it. He'll drink from a sippy cup a little bit, but it's not like the deluge of milk he used to get from breastfeeding.
This guilt of him crying for 2+ hours throughout every night is eating away at me. I know I can't survive nursing him whenever he wants, but I'm having trouble dealing with (and rationalizing) his inconsolable crying fits.
Thanks for any thoughts.
Loving DH :, chasing DS (3/08) and getting to know sweet DD (born 3/10 at home).