If he is falling asleep on the breast could it be that he needs to suck for comfort? Could you try him with a dummy? He may or may not take to it, I used to slip it in as soon as I took my nipple away and it would quiet my eldest for a minute or so until he dropped off again.
I wouldn't recommend giving him a bottle (even of expressed milk) if you're intending to BF full time as they can become lazy and refuse the breast as they have to work to get the milk let down on the breast but not with a bottle as the teat will drip. That said, my eldest was greedy enough to take either or and would happily swap between the two with no upset to breastfeeding at all! So it can go either way!! All babies are different
I would definitely give swaddling a try if you can (try anything once is my motto!) as it may be just the thing to help calm him down. If you swaddle before a feed you might find if he drops off he will stay asleep once you unlatch him. You can work on getting him to settle himself when he's a bit bigger! One step at a time with babies.. Controlled crying isn't recommended until they're at least 6 months if I recall correctly.
They're so dependent on us it can take a while to adjust to just how needy they are- but believe me you get tears in your eyes when they suddenly go off as their own little person!!
Mummygoth, I have a sling but not sure if I should use it yet as I ended up having a c-section (instead of planned home birth)
I might look into swaddling. My health visitor recommended I left him to cry. So I've sat here with my heart breaking for three hours - only picking him up once to feed. Of course, he happily fell asleep on the breast, but as soon as I put him down, he was inconsolable.
I'm going to feed him again now - I can't starve my son - but if I pick him up am I resetting him so he'll cry and cry again? ARGH!!!
Hi Loopy, I am sorry you didn't get your HB - I know it can be very disheartening when it doesn't go to plan, (I had a very intrusive birth with my eldest son and was upset for a long time afterwards about having forceps and an epidural because I felt I'd failed at the first 'mum test' of actually bringing him into the world..) but he got here in the end and that's all that matters
I would recommend waiting until after the 6 week check (for you!) and then see how you feel about slinging him - if you feel ready physically just try it for 10 minutes at a time and if you're comfortable - you can gradually build up your wearing time. Depending on what kind of sling you have, it shouldn't pull on your stomach muscles much at all, but take it easy and just go with what you feel comfortable with.
I had abdominal surgery twice when youngest son was 11 and 12 months old, and couldn't wear him until I healed for about 2 months after that - and gradually re-introduced it and by the time he was 15 months I could wear him for hours at a time again
I am shocked and very angry at your HV's advice of leaving him to cry!!! That is outrageous! He is weeks old and upset (for whatever reason) - he needs his mum and that's what you're there for - I think her attitude is disgusting! You must've been so upset leaving him for that long on her advice - it's very very distressing to hear your baby cry and totally against our instincts to ignore them. I don't know how on earth she thought that was appropriate advice!
I don't know about the car seat - if it's stage 0 then your little one should be able to use it until 15kg in weight, or roughly between 9 and 13 months of age before moving to a stage 1 car seat. My son outgrew his stage 0 car seat at bang on 9 months as he was simply too long to fit in it any more, and fitted into the weight bracket for the stage 1 so we moved him up then.
I am aware that all 3 wheelers if you jog with them (and they're not designed for jogging specifically) will get a 'juddering' in the front wheel as the bearings rattle about but not a problem isolated to the Salom - have you tried reading some reviews online?
As for finding a pushchair compact enough to fit in your Polo - I would recommend you go to an actual retailer like Mothercare or John Lewis (or the Kiddicare store) so you can man handle and try out the pushchairs you like in your boot!!
Then, go and hunt for one on eBay at a significantly reduced price
Hope you find something suitable soon
(Incidently, I found babywearing helped my son's reflux problem as it kept him upright after a feed and helped him bring up wind better etc... but I seem to be recommending slings to everyone at the moment )
Haha! Oh dear yes that is a bit sly, getting Daddy to pick you up so you can fling yourself at Mummy.. looks like you've not got a daft one there p2baby
My youngest son got a vacuum cleaner for Christmas as he was always playing with our Dyson, so I would definitely recommend 'mini-mum' household appliances!
We've just bought a small play stove by BRIO for our eldest son as they all love cooking with the saucepans and pretend food - they say imitation is the highest form of flattery so I reckon all my kids must love me!!!
I can't imagine they'll be so keen on cooking and cleaning when they're teenagers though Haha!
There are a fair range of older baby/toddler carriers available on the market - I just happen to prefer R&R over anyone else! They're very easy to use - but there is also Connecta who have a very similiar design - but different fabrics - or you can send in your own choice of fabric and get a custom made
A friend of mine also has a website for sling hiring - so you can try out one before you invest. Her site is Evolving Colours
It does take a while for your muscles to adjust to babywearing if you're new to it, (it's actually very good exercise once you go walking whilst wearing them!) so I would recommend doing it for shorter periods at a time first, this also gives your tot time to get used to it as well. Get used to having snot marks on your front and back though - youngest son loves wiping his nose down my back - and if he falls asleep in the carrier *always* drools on me while he's snoring!