I have a booby baby. She won't be held or soothed by anyone else and if she's awake she's generally crying unless she's at the breast and point blank refuses a pacifier - she gags on it and makes herself sick. I can't really afford for her to vomit as my 'milk tanks' aren't really all that big..I can generally only feed up until 10-12 weeks and then I have to supplement becuase my poor babies get SO darn hungry and I can't satisfy them..
I have to say though, Mollie is now heavier at 6 weeks than my 14 month old was at 12 weeks - both were/are exclusively breastfed.. I'm not sure whwat I;m doing differently this time, but breastfeeding definitely is agreeing with Mollie.
Becuase she feeds so much, I wanted to get her to at least get used to taking a bottle, so I could express some milk and get Daddy in ont he deal - as he's feeling really quite hurt by the fact that Mollie won't entertain hima dn it also gives me a break so I can have some time with my 7 year old or 14 month old. Well... I managed to get off 2 ozs (it wasn;t a serious hardcore attempt at expressing) and I added 1ozs of hungry baby formula, which is a bit thicker than standard formula, but wanted to try her as I think she has silent reflux. I was also having thoughts about not breastfeeding her and switching her over to formula completely AND thought it would help her take the pacifier..
Anyway, she took this bottle - which felt like an achievement - but then she had such an upset tummy. I think becuase the 3ozs feed was too large and she's used to smaller amounts but more frequently. I felt INCREDIBLY guilty that I even considered stopping breastfeeding adn then was almost in tears becuase I was so scared in case she didn't or wouldn't go back on the breast.
Lesson learned. I will not give my precious girl formula again and make her poorly (her spit up smelled AWFUL) and I DONT want to stop breastfeeding. Deep down I know it;s best for her. I'll feel guilty if I don't at least get to 12 weeks - which is the minimum both my boys were fed for - she deserves the same good start..
I'm not even fussed she won't take a pacifier now. My hubby just bought me a Moby wrap - it's a god-send! We don't need the pacifier now as she's happy to be strapped to me like a little monkey and I can see to my 14 month old, make a cup of tea, grab lunch, do some light housework and the whole while, she's strapped to me, sleeping snuggly. I need to master how to breastfeed in it though.
But yeah, she LOVES the boob. We also co-sleep, so she latches on and off all night as she wants, so I get LOADS of sleep... I've always co-slept with all of my kids til about 10-12 weeks old, when they start to get themselves into a routine and they feel secure enough to be without me and are much more settled - fingers crossed that she transfers as seemlessly as my two boys as she's much more needy than they ever were.
I'll give her time though, she's so tiny and snuggly and snuffly and she's my last newborn, I don't want to miss a single, solitary thing.. We'll cross whatever bridges we need to cross when we come to it..