One of the outcomes of Saturday’s meeting with the lactation consultant was this:
We started Charlotte on solid foods on Saturday night. (She’ll be 6 months in just under 2 weeks.)
The main reason I scheduled our visit with the LC was that Charlotte is still nursing hourly. I’m not even exaggerating. It’s reached a point where I’m certain it’s not just a leap or a growth spurt. It’s been like this for months and I can’t take it anymore. I feel totally trapped. I basically spend my evenings and weekends nursing her. There’s no time for me… no time for the house… no time for sleep… no time for anything but feeding the baby.
I was ready to quit. So, so ready to quit. Throw in the thrush and the teeth marks and I had about a thousand and one reasons why quitting was truly the logical thing to do.
The trouble with quitting is that I just can’t bring myself to do it. I should quit. Anyone in their right mind would quit, but I think we’ve established here plenty of times over that I’m not exactly in my right mind.
So, off to the LC we went.
She suggested three things:
- Get her started on solids sooner rather than later.
- Give her some formula before bed.
- Work on boosting supply some more. Introduce shatavari and malunggay.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard two of these things mentioned as sleep solutions a million times over, and usually within one sentence, you see that it’s a myth that has been debunked one way or another. Formula-fed babies sleep longer. Babies who eat solids are better sleepers. Blah, blah, blah.
The thing is that we’re not trying these things with the aim to get her to sleep longer. We’re trying them in an attempt to get her to nurse less frequently. Sometimes, that may mean a bit of extra sleep by default, but I’m more interested in being able to take a shower and dry my hair without having to nurse a baby in my bath towel right smack in the middle of those two things.
Anyway, Saturday night we officially kicked off baby-led weaning with some roasted sweet potato sticks. It went as expected. She swallowed exactly one mouthful and spent the rest of the time picking them up, pushing them around on her plate, and dropping them on the floor for the (seriously excited about this stage) dogs.
It’s way too early to make any real observations about these changes. It’s only been 2 nights. We’ll see what happens. For now, we’re enjoying watching our baby play with food. She’s having fun participating in meal times, and that’s really all I wanted from BLW. If she starts taking in more food and nursing less frequently at some point, that will be an added bonus.
Some bonus cute:
Look how well she’s sitting up! She played like that for a good 20 minutes the other night!
Packers baby was a good luck charm on Sunday.