Stephanie - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
My 3 month old daughter is VERY "spirited" and smart. I am greatfull for her personality, but it makes nursing a bit of a challenge. I am 100% committed to continuing nusing her, but sometimes I have to let her wear herself out and bounce and rock her untill she falls asleep, BEFORE she will start nursing. She seems to like nursing while sleeping better than when she's awake. She will scratch and claw at me, kick her legs or make them stiff and straight, if she's not ready to nurse yet. Or will start to nurse but then turn her head and become un latched and cry, I will guide her back to the boobie, she'll start to nurse and then turn her head and cry, over and over. So then I stop for a while and try again in a few minutes. A lot of the time she will not nurse if I am sitting down, so I stand up and she'll happily start nursing again, I'll think she's relaxed enough to sit down and she will get mad and cry, so then I have to stand and rock her some more. I feel like she's running the show and I always have a sore back. She does sleep really well at night, she sleeps in bed with mom and dad and nurses a few times durring the night with out any problems. I feel like I have enough patience to handle her at home, but when we're out, it becomes very difficult to create the type of atmosphere she desires for nursing. I REFUSE to give her a bottle or pacifier and practice attachment parenting. Anyone have advice or encouragement? Does anyone else have experiance with a "spirited" child? My first child was a piece of cake compare to her...