Both of my boys have been pretty happy, easy babies so we haven’t had a lot of crying for no reason or had trouble soothing them. I don’t really get stressed out because how much can really be wrong with a little baby? If Walker isn’t hungry, tired, or in need of a diaper change, he’s generally happy. The only thing that has caused me any stress with both boys is feeding them. With breastfeeding, you don’t really know how much the baby is eating and rely on them to tell you when they are full. Both of my boys have been great eaters but I’ve never been able stand the thought of my babies being hungry and the only way they can tell me is with crying.
Wilson was exclusively breastfed until he was 10 months old and decided bottles were much more fun because he could sit up and see everything going on around him. Walker is also exclusively breastfeeding and we will continue on until he decides he’s had enough – hopefully we make it a full year or more. The difference in my boys is that Wilson took a bottle just fine and wasn’t very picky as long as he was getting fed. He didn’t enjoy taking a bottle from me since nursing was a better option, but he still did it. Walker is a totally different story!
Walker HATES bottles. It doesn’t matter what kind of bottle you use or who is trying to feed him. Now that he can see well, the sight of a bottle immediately causes him to scream hysterically. The screaming is worse if he knows that I am home, even if I am in another room and he can’t hear or see me. If you heard the screaming, you would think we were torturing him.
It is awful and exhausting. Don’t get me wrong – I love nursing Walker, but sometimes it is necessary to take a bottle. Also, it’s just nice to get a break every once in a while. I can never be too far away and I have to be the person to get up with him in the middle of the night. In his 15 weeks of life, I estimate that I have nursed him almost 1,000 times and I can’t even begin to calculate what that equals in hours. For now, we will keep trying and maybe one day he will realize it isn’t so bad to just take a bottle.
Have you ever experienced a baby who so passionately hates bottles?