Re: constant breastfeeding stops crying-HELP!
Yes, absolutely no water for a young baby! It's too easy to throw off their electrolyte balance, and that can make a baby seriously ill, and can even be fatal.
It's very normal for a baby to appear "satisfied" after a bottle of formula. Formula is not as easy to digest as breastmilk, and it weighs heavy on a tiny tummy. You know that feeling when you get up from thanksgiving dinner, and you've eaten so much that all you can think of doing is taking a nap? That's how a baby feels after a bottle of formula.
As the PP said, put the formula can down and you will not need it.
All the above being said, having a fussy newborn is very, very stressful and we totally understand your frustration. The following things are strategies that have helped me through the difficult early weeks of breastfeeding:
-Let the house go to heck. No-one ever died from a dirty floor or dishes in the sink!
-Novels, television, and the couch are your friend. Just park yourself on the sofa with a basket of snacks and a bottle of water, and nurse, nurse, nurse. This time will pass.
-Wear your baby. Many babies HATE being put down in a swing or bouncy seat or crib. But often they will snuggle peacefully against you if you wear them in a sling. I personally like a wrap-style carrier like the Moby for a newborn.
-See your pediatrician. Sometimes a baby is crying because he's in pain. Make sure you get ear infections ruled out.
-Remember that there are a ton of growth spurts in the first few months.
-Try a soothing bath or some fresh air when the baby seems inconsolable.
-Sleep with your baby. Co-sleeping can mean more rest for you.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"