Emma is now eight weeks old, and we are no closer to her falling into any sort of napping or sleeping pattern.
She will only sleep if held by my husband or I, which makes it very difficult in the daytime.
As her napping is so poor she gets herself overtired and then very very upset.
In a bid to try and relieve some of the pressure on me, and to get Emma to settle somewhat we have decided to take a combination approach to her feeding. She has had eight weeks of exclusive breast feeding, but after much thought, Damian and I have decided that we need to introduce formula.
Breastfeeding or formula feeding is controversial in many quarters, and ignites many arguments. For our family set up following a combination approach works. At the moment Emma wants to be held or to nurse constantly. This means that Monday to Friday, when Damian works, Daniel isn’t getting the attention from me that he wants and needs. Emma’s needs limit what I can do with Daniel. This then leads to Daniel getting frustrated and upset.
We have been giving Emma a small amount of formula over the past couple of days. It is beginning to help in some ways, it has meant that this evening I have been able to give Daniel his bath whilst Damian has some important time with Emma whilst he feeds her. It will help Emma learn that it’s not only me that she can depend and rely on, and is giving me some much needed 1-1 time with Daniel.
I hope that the next stage will see Emma get into a more predictable routine with her feeding and from there begin to learn to nap…. and then that should lead to a more settled and calmer household!
Have you followed a similar approach? Did it work for you?