We are currently out of state and we have been for a year while attending a school to learn Spanish. My son was born in August and although he is my fourth he is the first one I have purley breastfed. My mom got to see the baby the week he was born then she had to return to GA and my mother in law has not met him yet nor seen any of the other kids since summer. We will be going back to GA in December and I know that my parents and my mother in law will want to keep the kids over night. In May we will be moving to Puerto Rico. We will not be home the entire time from December - May so I want to give them as much time as they can. They are seeing that date of leaving in May quickly approaching and of course they are cherishing the time they have with the kids.
My concern is right now the only way the baby will sleep is by nursing. How will that work if they want to keep him over night. We have introduced a bottle just once a day with not much in it. I understand how to bottle feed an ebf baby. I have been pumping in the morning on once side while he eats on the other to put back a little milk. But I am concerned that my parents will not be able to get him to calm down like nursing does. Are there any other tricks to get get him more accustomed to go to sleep in another form than nursing to prepare him to be able to spend time with my parents or do I just tell my parents that the baby cannot stay over night? I know moms go back to work all the time that are breastfeeding so the person caring for the baby must get them to rest somehow. Right now if the baby gets a bottle he will not sleep after and is very anxious till he is back with me and relaxes to sleep.
Kristen - happily married to Xander and mom to A (9/25/09 9.9lbs), Z (9/27/10 8.13 lbs and has craniosynostosis), S (11/8/11 9.15lbs and Successful natural VBA2C!), and M (8/20/13 9.10lbs also natural VBA2C!!)