Should I give my baby a bottle?
October 14, 2011 § 10 Comments
Breastfeeding has been going really well. Rather than seeing it as a bind, this time around I’ve actually rather enjoyed it. The closeness we share and the way she stares up at me with those beautiful blue eyes. But this last month has been tough. She’s stopped sleeping well at night. In fact these past three days she’s had me awake from 2am, and she just wants to feed, feed, feed. And sleep on my shoulder. Every time I try and settle her back in her moses basket she cries.
Probably part of the problem is that I can’t let her cry. The boys get up before six most mornings and it doesn’t take much to disturb them. I can’t have them strung out all day because they’ve been disturbed by their sister. Problem is I’m the one who’s strung out. OH leaves for work at eight and doesn’t get back until way after bedtime. I actually sobbed at baby clinic this week when the nice lady asked me how I was doing. She said she’s going to get in touch with the health visitor. I tried to explain to her that I’m not depressed, just knackered. What’s the health visitor going to do? Come and babysit my children so I can get some sleep?
So I’m thinking that at four months, I could start giving the baby a bottle feed before bed, and see if it’ll get her through the night. But there’s a big part of me saying no. It’s hard to escape reading about all the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding. I find myself drawn to this stuff all the time. Breastfed babies apparently do better at school, are less sick, can recite their ABCs before they can walk and play Beethoven blindfold at the age of six. Or something.
I want to do the best for my baby. But I need to be able to see straight and walk the school run without falling over. And I have a two year old and a four year old who might benefit from a mum who can give them some attention, not just collapse on the sofa and stick CBeebies on. Any advice gratefully received.