I was going to begin talking about how Sebastian won't sleep without his momma for more than 10 or 15 minute stretches (and frequently they're even shorter). I was going to talk about how life around here is done in snippets. Five minutes here, ten minutes there. I don't have a chunk of time to accomplish anything whilst the child naps because he doesn't nap without me. I am his pacifier.
Then I was going to start talking about how we're practicing Ecological Breastfeeding. You know, no pacifiers, no pumping, no bottles, co-sleeping, etc. I was going to say how we're doing all those things and then launch into a complaint about how no one ever says what to do when your baby won't even nap without you!
But before I began typing this post, I remembered that one of my new favorite blogs, Carrots for Michaelmas, had something on her experiences with Ecological Breastfeeding. So I clicked my way over and read her post and nodded in agreement to everything she said, until I got to this point:
Nap with your baby: I followed this rule rigorously since Kippley cites this principle as being crucial to help delay the return of the mama’s fertility.And then I saw the Le Leche League posted this:
Sleep with your baby for a daily-nap feeding. A daily nap refreshes a mother. She avoids fatigue which may affect or reduce her milk supply. The lack of a nap may also negatively affect the natural child spacing mechanism. The hormonal suppression of fertility is dependent upon lactation, especially good lactation involving frequent and unrestricted nursing. For those reasons I believe that a daily nap with the nursing baby is extremely important for most mothers in maintaining amenorrhea.Well that explains it!
It doesn't solve my living-life-in-five-minute-spurts dilemma, but it does make me feel better that quite frankly the only way to get around this dilemma is to embrace the fact that you should just take a nap with your baby.
What about if your baby naps a lot? Oh, let's say, four hours a day sometimes?
I'm not quite sure what's going to happen when there's a baby number two and then big brother Sebastian is left on his own while ... momma naps with baby deux? My mother somehow managed to Ecological Breastfeed with just about all of us (I think), and I think we all survived fine, including the kids left having to entertain themselves while momma let baby sleep. But all that is for another time ... whenever a baby deux makes his/her appearance.
**Um, may I make a quick comment that how ironic that Sebastian has not whimpered once as I sit here on the steps of our apartment listening to the white noise app whirring on my phone ... the above is written entirely uninterrupted. Now I feel guilty that I'm not cleaning the apartment ... but only a little.**
But really, folks, I had grabbed my lunch and the laptop to begin typing away about how I'm experiencing this huge dilemma only to find out that I haven't been properly practicing Ecological Breastfeeding like I had thought. It kind of eradicates my venting post, and it makes me realize I should just go ... oh, take a nap.
Does anyone out there have thoughts on practicing letter of the law, textbook EB?