Today, 03:59 PM
I am a new mom to a 7 week old whom I am EBF. I am wondering if anyone can offer some advice for leaving the house. The few times we have left the house, we nurse and change diaper before leaving and nurse whenever we get where we are going/before we leave where we are. So far it has been working out, but we had kind of a disastrous car ride home from my in-laws the other night when DS screamed bloody murder (first time he has ever cried so hard, like he was going to burst a lung) and I promptly pulled over into a parking lot to nurse him back to sleep before driving the 15 minutes home (even though I nursed him before we left their house, I think he missed a meal or two while we were there, because my MIL seems to like to stall our on-demand feedings, as she is reluctant to give him back to me, but that topic is for another post).
Anyway, the experience prompted me to think about other ways in which he can be soothed if I can't nurse and "know" he is full. We do not have a pacifier, because when he wants to suck, I just figure I'd rather give him the boob, and we don't have any bottles, because I haven't started pumping yet (I go back to work in 9 weeks).
How do you manage this when you're trying to get somewhere? Eventually he will be able to go longer stretches without needing to nurse? Should I just keep pulling over until that happens, within reason? Should I introduce a pacifier, just for these emergencies like car rides (I read this article...