Little E has woken up from her sleepy newborn state and started having serious bouts of fussiness. Andrew snapped this picture yesterday while I was swaddling her.
She wants to be attached to my breast pretty much all the time. I’m ok with the comfort nursing, but it’s becoming really apparent how much a pacifier would help, if only she had any interest in them. Apparently her latch issues extend to pacifiers as well. We’ve tried Soothies, Gumdrops, Nuks, and Mams, all without success. When we try to put them in her mouth they just infuriate her. Unfortunately that’s also what happens when I try to get her to latch to my nipple during fussy time. It’s so hard because I know that what she wants and needs is to suck, but it’s incredibly difficult to get her to calm down enough to let that sucking reflex kick in. Nothing helps either. Not swaddling. Not skin to skin. It’s just a waiting game. I can calm her down so much before hand, but as soon as she needs to start sucking, she starts screaming instead. I wish I knew why any sort of nipple making contact with her mouth makes her cry so hard, when it is obviously what she wants.
Getting her to suck on a pacifier would surely help cut back on the fussing, but I also don’t want to push it. All the baby books say to try to wait to introduce a pacifier until one month, or until breastfeeding is going well. We are not to that point yet. I also would like to avoid having to wean her of it in the future. I guess the bottom line is that I don’t mind being her own personal pacifier. The issue is just getting her to accept me.
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- miareneekay said: Maybe she just can’t figure out what is going on. I had the same problem until one day my husband said ‘if you just hold the pacifier in his mouth for 10 more seconds he figures it out and goes for it. He was picky tho and only liked one. Good luck!
- sayholalola said: It will get better, I swear! I remember having this same dilemma and just wishing Lola would take a pacifier. Now she loves the thing and not my boob which makes me sad. Give E this time b/c you will never get it back. :)
- baby-blog said: Win will take the paci, but we have to hold it there for a moment before he starts to suck. And as of the past couple of weeks, it’s the LAST thing he wants during fussy time. Hang in there mama! Warm baths are helping calm his fuss, as is walking.
- bujnik said: Stick your finger in her mouth.
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