Re: Rice cereal at 3 1/2 months?
It can lead to food allergies. And there's no guarantee that it will help him sleep though the night, either. Especially if it causes gas, it might make him wake more often. I'm very surprised a doctor would even recommend that for getting him to sleep.
It's really normal for them to have that reaction when you first go back to work. My daughter did it too. They are not only making up for lost nursing, but reconnecting emotionally and I think that if you can deal with losing sleep for a little while longer, it is worth it to have that reconnection. It was for me, anyway. It's a personal decision, though and one that you have to make with your own family in mind. Eventually your little guy will start getting better about taking bottles at the sitters and become accustomed to you being gone and secure knowing that you will come back every time and then he'll chill out on the all-night nursing a bit on his own.
Do you cosleep at all? It helped me A LOT to be able to fall back to sleep while I nursed rather than try to go sit up and nurse every time she woke up. I think that is what saved my nursing relationship.
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