Re: Start rice cereal?
It sounds like your in-laws are giving you advice that was current in their generation, but which runs opposite to current recommendations. A generation ago, almost all babies were formula-fed and doctors often advised that children be fed solids early on in order to facilitate early weaning from expensive formula and tooth-rotting bottles, and parents put rice cereal in a bottle to "help baby sleep better." Sometime between then and now, someone went and did the research, and realized that a) solids don't help babies sleep, b) cereal in a bottle forms lumps which can pose a choking hazard to small babies, c) solids are not a substitute for the balanced and complete nutrition provided by breastmilk (or formula), d) solids don't offer the immunological protection that breastmilk does, and e) early solids are linked to a variety of health issues, including allergies and obesity.
I always found the first 6 months of breastfeeding to be the most challenging in terms of my freedom. But it really does get better as time goes on. May I ask why you need to miss conversations, movies, shows, etc.? Is someone telling you to run off and nurse in a bathroom or something? If so, you can tell them that I told them where they can stick it.
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!"