I have to tell you guys about this lady at WIC yesterday. I had to go to watch some movie or something for WIC, and there was 4 mothers there, including myself.
One mother's babe was sleeping, the other was pregnant. Then this other mother had her 8 1/2 month old with her. First of all, he was a very big baby, cute as a button and had like a mouth full of teeth (which suggests to me that perhaps he has been on solids for a while now, but then again that's just my own speculation.)
First of all she had the child tied to a chair. Not in a torturesome manner or anything, she was just wearing a leather jacket, and it looked like she had used the leather belt to tie the child to the chair so that he could sit there and not go anywhere. The child was not complaining, he did not seem phased. I had came in a little late, and I sat behind her, and after she noticed that I did not make my child (9 months old) sit in a chair (much less tie him to it) she mumbled something to her baby like, "Why on earth does mama have you tied to the chair like that? You want to get up?" And she untied him and let him stand up in her lap.
Later after the movie was over, and everyone was getting up to leave, she was talking to the mother of the sleeping baby. Then I heard that other mother ask her something, and she said, "Heck naw!!" And she turned to me and said, "Do you?"
I did not know what they were talking about, so I was like, "Do I what?"
"Sleep with your baby."
I said, "Yes."
"WHY!?" she asked lookin shocked.
I was like, "Cause I breastfeed and it's easier."
She looked totally confused and asked me how I did it. I told her I start him off for the night in his bed which is pulled up beside ours, and later in the night when he wakes up hungry, I just pick him up and put him in the bed with me and we both go back to sleep, neither of us hardly wakes up.
Then she asked me why I don't just give him a bottle when he wakes up at night.
I just told her he doesn't like bottles.
Then she shook her head in amazement and commenced having a baby chat with ds.
But I was just wondering about her question....What is "easier" than putting baby in the bed with you and popping him on your breast and both of you going back to sleep? Why would it be "easier" to have to wake all the way up in the night, go to the fridge, get out a bottle of milk, put it in whatever to warm it up, and then giving it to a baby who would probably screaming by now? How is that "easier"? How would giving a bottle at night "simplify" the situation?