I Think I Have Become A Human Pacifier
My little guy is just over a week old, and last night was the pits. He was on my breast almost every hour, and I didn't hear the deep suck/swallow that is usually accomplished during a good feeding during most of the feeding attempts last night. I tried stimulation by playing with his shoulders, arms, and feet, and did what I could to keep him awake while my husband slept next to me. I also didn't allow him more than 20 minutes at a time at the breast before he'd start rooting a few minutes later for more.
I have read that it's okay to do what you can to make sure your newborn is comfortable and that what happens in the first three months of life won't necessarily become a habit (from "Baby 411") unless it extends beyond that milestone. How can I get my little guy to feed instead of pacify?
Proud mommy to Michael Evan born May 11, 2007.