Re: Finally successful breastfeeding! With some issues...
I think you're doing a lot better than you think! My guess is that the pre-bedtime fussiness is developmental. It's been observed that fussiness and colic tend to begin around 3 weeks of age, peak by around 3-4 months of age, and are usually gone by 6 months. This is true for premature babies as well- only they start at 3 weeks ADJUSTED age, and that's the big clue that evening fussiness/colic is developmental, not a result of something the parents are doing/not doing, or the way the baby is being fed.
Some things that work for fussy evenings/colic:
- Nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse- if the baby is willing, that is.
- Motion. Stroller ride, swing, sling, bounce on exercise ball, etc.
- Closeness. Snuggle baby in a sling or skin-to-skin.
- White noise. Radio static, dryer sounds, vacuum noise, etc.
- Trip outside- fresh air and a change of scene can do wonders!
- Warm bath.
If you must continue to give one bottle per day, that's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. My first kid was a severe evening fusser, and we had supply issues so we were using bottles already, and I found that an evening bottle was the only thing that calmed her down. It was a temporary measure, though: by three months she decided that nursing was more fun than bottles, and she never had a bottle again.
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