Latest post on 2012/01/12 at 16:47:24
Thanks Green-ish - I'm doing ante-natal classes and breastfeeding is covered in the last week. Also plan to book a consultant to come to the house to help after the birth. I just don't feel overly passionate about it like some women do - but have always wanted to give baby best start and 6 weeks sounds a good target initially. I do find it confusing that some women suggest introducing a bottle from the beginning (my friend didn't - her baby is now 6 months, doesn't sleep for more than 3 hours at a time, and won't take a bottle from anyone - so she strongly recommended me to introduce early). I guess everybody's babies are different - and I really don't have anything against feeding with formula, so will just see how it goes and move over if it doesnt work!
There's a lot to be said for starting out on the right foot and with a positive, but realistic attitude.
Regarding bottles, there's absolutely nothing to say that babies should need to bottle feed and especially if you're happy breastfeeding, then, well, what's the point?! DD never took to the bottle and I kicked myself for not trying earlier, mainly because she was set on a 23h feed and that meant I couldn't have an evening out! With DS, I introduced a bottle of bm early on (which was pathetic anyway because I had to express during 3 half hour sessions over 3 days to get 1 bottle's worth, whereas if I just fed him direct, it took 5 minutes!)... anyhow, DS dropped the 23h feed really early on, so the whole bottle exercise was pointless! Both my two got used to drinking from the Tommee Tippee cups from about 5 months, so when we stopped bf, they drank their milk from a cup.
There's also absolutely no research suggesting that formula makes babies sleep better/longer/more - those very same babies could have been "good sleepers" anyway, could have grown into a longer sleep pattern naturally or, well, it could just be fluke. My dad told me a joke once (bad dad joke) - 2 men are in a park and one is clicking his fingers constantly. The other asks why he's doing it, to which he replies "it's to keep the wild elephants away". "But there aren't any wild elephants in England!" says the first... "So it works then!" says the second.
Anyhow, Orchard - I second Kiwi here - look to the daytime. Look also to the bedtime routine. Try to set up a clear rhythm with some strong sleep cues and hopefully it'll help. What time is he going to bed? I would say any time between 18h and 19h is ideal.