Breastfeeding... whoever says this is the most natural thing in the world is full of bologna! Palmer is seven weeks old and we are still struggling with it. Yesterday he would not latch on. I tried everything, but he just screamed and screamed. I went over everything I had eaten in the last 24 hours, nothing that had bothered him before. Finally after hours had passed I gave him formula in a bottle and he scarfed it down like there was no tomorrow.
I have been feeding Palmer on demand. It is quite exhausting! Many mornings I feed him for a few hours straight. My friend Tennisa suggested the book Baby Wise to help us get on a schedule. I've been reading it and it sounds quite liberating, a life that is not determined by a baby's unpredictable schedule, sign me up! I decided I would start working it in this morning. The book says to feed every 2 1/2-3 hours. After Palmer's first feeding of the morning at 7:00 he was ready to eat only an hour later. I gave in after about 10 minutes of crying. That boy sure has me whipped. He proceeded to feed every 20 minutes to an hour (or scream) until 5:00 in the evening. He also refused to take a nap all day, which I was actually planning to nap with him today. I think he was mocking me and my new philosophy. Really, after the forth time of me trying to put him down for a nap he peed all over himself while I was changing his diaper. My eyes teared up and he laughed at me! I called Greg in tears asking him to come home instead of going to night classes so I could have a break. I need to be stronger. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.