Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Feeding frustrations

Around the same time that Noah got his cold, he developed a very frustrating feeding habit.

For those of you who don't know... I gave breastfeeding the old college try but, unfortunately, I did not produce enough milk to satisfy Noah's appetite. I tried everything to improve my milk supply, to no avail. So, for the last month, we have been solely formula feeding. All bottle, all the time.

That being said, Noah has become enemies with his bottle over the last week or so. He starts out sucking like a champ but often pulls away from it after only a couple of ounces crying like a banshee. Or he starts turning his head from side to side like a wrestling alligator. Many have suggested that it could be a result of his congestion... when you can't breathe through your nose, it is difficult to suck out of a bottle. I thought it might be because he was frustrated with how slowly the formula was coming out of the hole, so I tried the next level of nipple. Nothing has really solved the problem yet. Interestingly, he doesn't seem to get hungry more often in spite of the fact that he is eating significantly less than before he got his cold.

These are the things that make me wish babies came with an instruction manual...

1 comment:

jodie said...

my girls went through that and i always chalked it up to a reverse growth spurt. i totally made that up, but it seems kids, at all ages, go through stages when they eat like they can't get enough and then barely eat at all. don't worry, he's getting what he needs and if he was hungry enough he wouldn't wrestle, he would eat!

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