Side note: As we approach her one year birthday, we are still breastfeeding champs. I have no plans to stop anytime soon. I had a pretty rough experience with breastfeeding, pumping, and eventually switching to formula with Henry. Looking back, the transition to motherhood was hard for me (although I couldn’t really pinpoint that at the time). I felt an immense amount of pressure to be the “perfect” mom in all sorts of ways. That mentality sabotaged my breastfeeding efforts with Henry. With Claire, I tried hard to accept the steep learning curve of breastfeeding, minimized stress, and took a metaphorical chill pill when it came to the rest of my life. I gave myself permission to stop breastfeeding at any point and (ironically) that helped me continue. This was a huge factor in having a successful breastfeeding relationship with Claire. For anyone who wants to breastfeed subsequent children but struggled with it initially, please know that it can be completely different from child to child. It has been different for me, and it is such a blessing – I am very thankful for our breastfeeding relationship.
A pediatrician with thirty-two years of experience, Marc Weissbluth, ., is also a leading researcher on sleep and children. He founded the original Sleep Disorders Center at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and is a professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine. Dr. Weissbluth discovered that sleep is linked to temperament and that sleeping problems are related to infant colic. His landmark seven-year study on the development and disappearance of naps highlighted the importance of daytime sleep. In addition to his own research, he has written about sleep problems in manuals of pediatrics, lectured extensively to parent groups, and appeared on Oprah. Dr. Weissbluth has four sons, two grandsons, and, thankfully, one granddaughter – and they are all good sleepers. Linda, his wife of more than forty years, has provided both inspiration and original ideas for this book.