Hello to our new members, and welcome! We'd like to hear from you - your experiences that led you to us and what it is you'd like to get from, and give to, this community. What are your stories?
For myself, I'm a 31-year-old married mother of two girls, aged three and four months respectively. That's them in the icon. :) I'm also a teacher, on maternity leave until March (thank heaven for Canada's social safety net!) and an avid blogger on diverse topics.
I breastfed my first with very few issues. We started giving her one bottle a day around eight weeks, just to give me a break. With Claire, though, there were difficulties. I retained some tissue after my c-section, with the result that my milk didn't come in fully. The retained tissue got infected, landing me back in hospital at two weeks postpartum - probably the hardest two days of my life, since I couldn't take my baby with me. We had no choice but to supplement extensively, and it nearly broke my heart. I landed in the office of an excellent lactation consultant a few weeks later, and she got me sorted out with the help of some domperidone and a lot of good advice. Claire is still not exclusively breastfed, but it's not because I couldn't - it's because I chose to continue giving her one bottle every night, so her daddy (the gentlest man and best father you could ever dream of) could get in some feeding, too. Other than that, she's exclusively breastfed and will be until the end of February (except for solids, of course) when I start preparing her and me for going back to work.
And, for anyone here who may have some experience to share on this one: I'm trying to teach Claire to go to sleep without being nursed or rocked. It's not cry-it-out, because I'm not leaving her alone to fend for herself. I put her down drowsy but awake, and croon and pat her as she settles herself to sleep. The problem is, it's taking well over half an hour every night. Last night she went from fussing to actually screaming after half an hour, at which point I picked her up and nursed her almost all the way to sleep. And during the night, she wakes up many times. Usually, she'll go five or six hours at the beginning of the night, but once she's woken up once, she'll wake up every two hours after that, even if it took me an hour to get her back to sleep. Last night, I totally forgot that I wasn't going to nurse her down anymore, and did it three times. Anyone else have a sleep/food confusion story to share, or some experience that might be of help?