Not Sleeping - Zer Netmouse — LiveJournal
|Date:||December 19th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)|| |
I was a breastfeeding purist during Liam's babyhood, and looking back on it, I wish I had been willing to do minimal supplementing with formula. I struggled to produce enough milk to keep up, especially when I was working, and it was really stressful in a lot of different ways. At the time I wouldn't even have considered doing it, but now I can't even figure out what I was thinking. No suggestion one way or another, just introducing a point of information.
Elizabeth Pantley's No-Cry Sleep Solution books are filled with good tips for encouraging sleep at all ages, highly recommended. I think I already gave my copy away, though.
|Date:||December 19th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)|| |
I already ordered the no-cry sleep solution book, yesterday. :)
Brian tried giving her formula once (enfamil) and she hated it. He said he doubted he got half of it in her, and the rest was all down her front. We could try again though.
|Date:||December 19th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)|| |
The first time you give her cereal she's going to look at you like you're crazy too. When all you've ever eaten is breastmilk, then anything else is going to taste a little odd. Probably best to start with just a little bit at a time but repeated regularly to get her accustomed to the taste. And I expect there are taste differences between brands as well.
Just another data point, I was the same way with Nikolai. I really didn't want to supplement because of so many breastfeeding advocates saying my milk supply would drop and it would be the end of breastfeeding. But as you said in your post, there's also a vicious cycle with not enough sleep. Now with Keira I breastfeed her what I can, and she usually gets 4 oz of formula a day too. I feel so much less stressed-out and and exhausted (well, when I'm not sick, but that's another issue).