Hello everyone...so glad to have stumbled upon this site.
My son Petey is 4 months old. He's a great nurser...has been from day one. We both enjoy it very much.
I am a working Mom and I hate it. My Dh is a SAHD. We've been trying to get Petey used to a bottle from about 4 weeks of age and he's never taken to it. In fact he now bottle strikes most of the day, eating 6 oz max till I get home. This makes me feel very guilty that I cannot be there for him. Yup, he's reverse cycled. I know some people want to reverse cycle, but I am a total zombie and a different person these days because of a serious lack of sleep. I nurse him the minute I get home at night, then nurse him down for bedtime and usually 4 more times through the night. (and right before I leave in the AM) When I was on maternity leave and he was nursing through the day, he was sleeping through the night most of the time around 10 weeks old. Now..this change is killing me. I don't mind nursing him, but the frequency is making it impossible for me to get restful sleep and its affecting my job, my relationship with my DH and even my poor furbabies are not clear of my grumpiness...(only DS gets spared).
I just don't know what to do. In my worst moments, I've considered giving him only expressed BM in bottles, so he has no choice but to accept them. But I don't really want to do that. Right now he's sleeping in his carseat next to my bed (he's never slept in his crib...just won't) and I just plop him in bed with me to nurse. I've considered just co-sleeping with him because usually by the last feed of the night he just stays in there anyway, but I am such a worrywort about him suffocating. So..if he's in there with me, I don't sleep at all.
Sorry so long...and I am not even sure what I am looking for as far as answers except maybe how do you do it? Nurse all night and work all day? Naps are out of te question...
Thanks for any advice...I'd really like to keep nursing at the very least till he's 6 months old.