Wednesday, June 26, 2013

updates: breastfeeding, STTN, solids

What's going well: breastfeeding

I was incredibly worried that it wouldn't work out. I stressed over breastfeeding more than I did L&D in my late months of pregnancy. Thankfully, we haven't had any real issues (other than a bout of mastitis... ugh). I pump at work twice a day, and nurse on demand at home. 5 1/2 months in, all is well.

What's not going so well: sleeping

Yes, that pesky "STTN" thing. It happened for five days in a row. Then, Henry got sick. He's been well for almost two weeks now, but he has not gone back to sleeping through. He's waking twice a night to nurse. I'm hoping it drops back down to once a night soon. Once is soooo much better than twice.

What I'm most annoyed by: "Is he eating solids yet? NO??"

People are so surprised when I say he's not yet eating solids. I have always planned to start him on solids at around 6 months, or when he shows me that he's definitely ready. So far, not really getting the cues to make me think he's ready.

Also, we have decided to try Baby Led Weaning (BLW). You should see people's faces when I tell them this.

"So you are going to start off by feeding your baby CHUNKS of food?"

"We fed our kids cereal starting at X months old!" (insert any number you wish, I've heard them all).

"Won't they choke??!"


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Random, but I started a Twitter account. Ok, I actually started the account months and months ago, just never used it. But I think I might start using it now. You can find me here: https://twitter.com/BoundBySymmetry

or @BoundBySymmetry


13 comments:

  1. You know that there are so many experts out there on how to raise your child * insert sarcasm*

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  2. Everyone has an opinion when it comes to raising your child. It gets annoying!

    I'm glad BF'ing is going well for you! And that everything is going pretty good, other than STTN. FWIW, V had bouts of STTN then not. Some nights he'd do good, other nights not so much. Now that he's almost a year and half (and has been in his own room for awhile) it's pretty consistent. Thank goodness! The night wakings can be difficult, but it gets better, even if it can last well into toddler-hood. On the rare occasions that he wakes up now, I just go, cuddle him, and lay him back down with no fuss :) I could probably let him cry it out more, but I can't bring myself to do that lol.

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  3. So glad Bfing is going well!! And yeah STTN is come and go until they Are closer to a year---great for a week, then a tooth pops out etc. All the milestones certainly disrupt things too.

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  4. We're also BLW. We've only given Arlo a few things to try. It'll be a couple months before he's actually eating though which is totally fine because, like you, BFing is going well. People think I'm totally nuts when I explain BLW, even the pediatrician was concerned about it. But in the end we know what's right for our own kids. He gave me a talking to about Arlo not STTN. But, again, what we're doing is working for us for now. When it isn't we'll do something else. Anyway it's good hearing your updates. So glad things are going well. One of these days I'll have to update my blog!

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  5. The good news is that as mom, you (and maybe dad, too) get to do whatever you think is best for your kiddo. Just to share (and please ignore if you want), my LO didn't STTN until we started her on solids. At five months we started to give her rice cereal mixed in breast milk or formula followed about an hour later with a bottle or nursing session. The very first night we did that she slept 7 hours straight, a far cry from the 3-4 hours that we had been getting prior to that.

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  6. We were going to do BLW. Then we talked to our pediatrician, and she was like, 'Your baby might choke.' So, we didn't do it. I read the book, or most of it anyway, and it's not very compelling.

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  7. So glad the BFeeding is going good! We are almost to 6 months and we have been supplementing with formula but in my eyes some is better than none. Reagan has had some solids, carrots and because all the signs pointed to her being ready. So far so good!

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  8. I breast fed for 8 mos, started solids at 6 months and he didn't sleep through the night til we did a modified cry it out method at 7 months 1 week. He goes to bed at 6p and lately wakes up at 530a.. which is a little early for me. I might try and adjust those times.

    We are starting to think about round 2 at new hope if you can believe it!! Hope all us well! Are you going for your last embie?


    Jill
    (Squish)

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  9. I breast fed for 8 mos, started solids at 6 months and he didn't sleep through the night til we did a modified cry it out method at 7 months 1 week. He goes to bed at 6p and lately wakes up at 530a.. which is a little early for me. I might try and adjust those times.

    We are starting to think about round 2 at new hope if you can believe it!! Hope all us well! Are you going for your last embie?


    Jill
    (Squish)

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  10. Glad you are doing well. I started Matthew on solids regularly around 6 months. He had started reaching for foods and watching me as I ate. He is now 7mo and doing great with breastfeeding and eating solids. He is also not STTN, but we co-sleep because he wakes up 2 times a night and that is a bit much for me to get up and get him.

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  11. Does anyone know why Kara isn't blogging anymore? Did she start a different one? Is everything ok?

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