Re: Trying to stay strong and stick to my guns!
I'm just going to throw this out there, because I notice it's not mentioned a lot and I think these struggling moms need to know -- it's not wise to put your baby on a schedule, but you can start observing your babies routines, which will become more regular as time goes on. And they might not follow a clock, but they might follow a pattern. I think it's so obvious to the veteran mamas on here that it's not always brought up, but those of us who are first-time moms or new to breastfeeding think that it's impossible to have a life and need some reassurance. Not counting the big growth spurts (when my DD ate non-stop) I started to notice..."Hmmm...she eats for a long time in the morning after she wakes up, then tends to be hungry an hour and a half later, then falls asleep while nursing..." so you can start planning your outings and things for those windows. Now, not every day will be textbook, but nothing is with a baby! But when we had to schedule our nanny interviews, we knew mornings were pretty routine, but the afternoons were crazy, so we schedule for mornings. And if she tended to nap around the same time, we'd maybe plan to be in the car then, then I'd nurse in the car, then head into a store, for example. Having had no one in my family who ever breastfed longer than 5 days, everyone criticized and I started to think my daughter was starving since she wanted to nurse so frequently. In retrospect I wish I would have just rolled with it...although the baby blues made that difficult!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.