I'm a first time mother of a 6 week old, going back to work part time on Monday (mostly mornings - I have some flexibility in the afternoons). My mother will be taking care of my baby at home while I'm gone. So far we've done some dry runs, mornings only, and it's not good. LO screams her head off. She refuses pacifiers (we've tried all the brands at CVS). My mother quiets her by walking around and talking to her constantly, but since LO is 12lb already, 3 hours of this really tires her out.
LO's finally drinking BM from a bottle, but she's not happy about it. Yesterday she drank 4 oz during a 3 hour interval, and grandma was asking if we could give her more . She doesn't spit up, but when I got her back and nursed her she nursed for less than a minute and let most of the milk drip out, so she had definitely had enough. After that, she fell asleep.
How can I make her comfortable when I'm gone? Is there a specialized brand of pacifiers that we can buy? She refused all the ones I bought from CVS, and she can suck her hands but seems to only do that to cue nursing. Can I teach her to fall asleep without nursing? How would I do that?