Babies love and need to suck, so don't discourage it. In fact, you may have already discovered that a pacifier works wonders in helping your baby calm down. When the "binky" or your finger isn't available, your baby may even be able to find her thumb or fingers to soothe herself.Either way, we'll definitely wait at least another week (per guidelines for exclusively breastfed babies). In related news, JA is giving his first bottle this evening. Here is our plan: When Charlie wakes for his first feeding after bedtime (most likely between 10:30 and midnight), John will get up to change his diaper while I go downstairs to warm the bottle of breastmilk. By the time he's done with the diaper and re-swaddling, the bottle will be warm and ready to go. I will then go into another room to pump and then go to sleep (cue chorus of angels) while JA feeds Charles and puts him back to sleep. You know what they say about the best laid plans... but hopefully it will all work out. :)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a pacifier at nap time and bedtime, based on evidence that using a pacifier may reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). That said, there's no need to reinsert the pacifier if it falls out once your baby's asleep.
Breakfast - one organic egg with American cheese on a deli flat with organic ketchup; roasted potatoes; OJ
Snack - organic apple
Lunch - garden salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, mozzarella cheese, and croutons with Italian dressing; Boca burger on a deli flat with ketchup, mustard, and BBQ sauce
Snack - homemade chocolate pudding; piece of dark chocolate
Dinner - mac and cheese
Dessert - Greek blueberry yogurt