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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Hi everyone

    I'm currently breastfeeding my 6 month old, and we've definitely had some ups and downs with the process. We had no trouble latching, but my little one was a very frequent feeder and was pretty much constantly on my breast until he was about four months old. I was so sore! I love the intimacy of breastfeeding, but its not always the calm, productive experience I had imagined it to be. This seems to be especially true now, as LO can be very distracted or get very frustrated while eating during the day. He's getting a little better, but there was a time when he would just scream every time I tried to feed him, and I constantly worried that he was uncomfortable or not getting enough.

    @katinka & jtucker - I am also experiencing long and frequent night feeds. I'm guessing that some of it has to do with his short daytime feeds, but I know a lot of it is for comfort too. I can usually get him to fall asleep without feeding him until around 11pm, after which feeding is the only way. He was a great sleeper from about 1 to 3 months, so this has all been quite exacerbating! We hadn't planned on cosleeping, but we've recently started allowing him into our bed starting around 2 or 3 in the morning. We all get a lot more sleep this way and it is so so nice to cuddle up next to his little body, but I he does tend to roll into me so that I'm practically off the bed in the morning! I also haven't quite gotten the side-lying while sleeping thing down yet - it's just a struggle getting comfortable I think.

    I've also recently started pumping more regularly (in fact I'm writing during a pumping break!), as we just started him in a part time daycare program (4 hrs/day). I had been trying to work with him both at home and in my office, but it proved just too difficult to focus on both him and work at the same time - especially since he never wanted to leave my breast. Pumping has mostly been going fine (although it is a bit more painful and really limits my morning flexibility), but right now I'm struggling to keep up with him. My period already came back and it seems to be decreasing my milk supply. It increased again during the middle of my cycle last month, so I'm eager it to go away again soon!

    Is anyone else dealing with allergies? Ives seems to be allergic to dairy, eggs, and possibly soy. I did have a small freezer stash of milk, but, alas, I cannot use any of it, as it was pumped before I cut all of these things out of my diet. I'm not sure what I mourn more - my old diet or that milk that is now sitting in the back of the freezer in case he grows out of the allergies before it goes bad. I was a vegetarian, but now I am essentially a soy-free vegan and therefore very limited. I have started eating some fish for the protein - both for me and the LO! I want to nurse for as long as possible and will do whatever it takes to keep us both healthy.
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  2. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    *waves back*
    I don't feel that we are or ever have been in a regular pattern, to be honest. Well, perhaps at night. She wakes up around two times to nurse, but in the day it's all over the place. Some days she can go hours without milk, other days she wants to feed pretty much every 30 minutes. She has always been a frequent, but fast (never more than 4-5 minutes) feeder. I'm not sure if it's a blessing or a curse, hah.
    mama to a beautiful girl
    and hoping for a 2020 baby!

  3. #13
    Join Date
    May 2013
    I'm currently still breastfeeding my 16 mo. I'm kind of leaning toward trying to be done soon ish, but she is still pretty attached, so it might take a while. Most urgently, I want to night wean. She's been waking up 2-3 times a night to nurse for about a year now. I usually just fall asleep nursing her, so I'm not that sleep deprived, but it would be nice to sleep for more than 4 hours consecutively haha. I'm likely going to attempt to fully wean in the next few months, because I still don't have my cycle back and want to TTC #2 later this year hopefully. Also I have had a really hard time losing baby weight, and I've wondered if stopping breastfeeding would help. But, we have had a really easy breastfeeding experience, and so far I have been too lazy to try very hard to even night wean, so I feel like it's going to be a while still. She is such a good baby... AFTER she has had her milk haha. She is inconsolable if I'm there and don't let her nurse when she'd like to though.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    New Jersey
    I breastfed my first for about a year and a half and have plans to do the same with #2 on the way in May. We had a pretty good breastfeeding experience especially with some of the obstacles we faced. He was in the NICU for the first few days, so I pumped while he was on the feeding tube and went to breast on the 4th day. Then, because of unfortunate circumstances, I had to return to work full time only 4 weeks postpartum so I had to pump a lot to keep up, but we were able to do it. He got on a pretty regular schedule of feeding after a few months, maybe because I was forced back to work so soon and wasn't available on call for much of the day. I'd say he was sleeping mostly through the night by around 6 months. Sometimes, I would wake up so engorged I needed to pump because I didn't want to wake him up.

    This time I have a different work arrangement so LO will be 3 1/2-4 months when I go back to work so I am excited about that. I have a long commute currently and hoping to change that before I go back, but we shall see.
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  5. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    @katinka - hang in there Mama. Sorry that you are like me getting very little sleep, but good to know that I’m not the only one with a baby this age going thru the same thing.
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  6. #16
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Hi all,

    Thanks for starting this thread!

    I am currently breastfeeding my 19 month old. We have been fortunate to have a really great breastfeeding journey. He has been a total milk monster and I have been thinking lately that I was ready to have my body back, however, yesterday he woke at 8, had some milk and then didn’t feed again until the late afternoon. Today has been similar and both days we have just been around the house, which is usually prime time for lots and lots of milk. So I think that he might be self weaning. I am really happy for him that we’ve been able to nurse for as long as he has needed, but I am surprised that I am actually feeling quite sad about the end of the road. He still breastfeeds to sleep and throughout the night as needed, so we’ll see what happens. I guess it is good timing, because my husband and I are ttc number 2 this year.

    Sorry for the long post, just feeling a bit emotional!!
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  7. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Hello everyone! It’s nice to see that there’s a little group of us at a similar stage on here

    @raptreverie Allergies can be a real pain. My friend had to give up dairy while she was BF and found it really tough on top of all the added worries and sleep issues that come with having a baby (though she did lose quite a bit of weight!) The good news is that her daughter is now 2 and no longer sensitive to dairy or anything else. They do often grow out of it.

    @katieree You did a great job getting BF off to such a good start while your little one was in NICU! It’s not easy at all. Amazing that you fed him for so long, too.

    @shalexis It’s such a tricky decision how and when to wean, isn’t it?! I really struggled first time round because we didn’t want a large gap and I absolutely plummeted in weight while BFing and my periods didn’t return, so in the end I decided to wean at around 10 months in order to gain back some weight and give my body a break before TTC #2. In the end, it happened pretty quickly but I was worried it would take a while. I felt so guilty about my daughter though! Determined to be more zen about everything this time (ha!)

    I’m actually trying to get K to accept a bottle alongside continued BFing to ease the transition whenever it happens, but he’s not a fan. He likes to bite the teat as a teether, but that’s about it.
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  8. #18
    Join Date
    May 2013
    It has been really tricky! I feel fine about stopping soon, I know she doesn't NEED it (although the official recommendation from the WHO is to try to go until 2). And I've been breastfeeding longer than anyone I know personally (most stop at a year here, if not sooner). So feeling pretty "zen" about it for those reasons. One kind of selfish reason that I don't want to stop is that it's all she really wants me for these days. She will only let her dad help her get whatever snacks or drinks she wants from the kitchen, she only wants to snuggle with him. Until she decides she wants to nurse. Then she will bug me to let her nurse, and then the second she's done, she gets up and wants to go see him again. She gets mad when he comes in to get her at night though, because she just wants to nurse. So I'm a little worried that if I stop nursing, she'll stop liking me for even that long haha.

    My daughter took a bottle and drank pumped milk really well until about 6 months, and then she started just chewing on it whenever we would try. Next time around, I want to keep my baby drinking out of bottles so that I can transition when I'm trying to wean, or let other people feed her before then!

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2018

    Breastfeeding help?!

    Hi, im Hayley. 28 and i need some help.
    I am currently breastfeeding my 7mo boy.
    A few months ago he had a growth sprurt and i had plenty of milk(i could pump and fill a bottle) but since then, hes calmed down and had a lot of short quick feeds and i feel like now at 7mo i dont have enough milk for him.

    Iv been trying after everyfeed to hand express milk to get my milk up but i can just about get an oz. Even without feeding beforhand
    I feel like there should be more. Hes still hungry after naps and in the evening but there's nothing in my boobs to full him.

    Iv been weaning him the last month and a half but anything pasta or cerial, biscuit based gives him bad constipation so iv cut it back to fruit and veg.
    I weighed him with a large gap between weighs and it seems after his growth spurt hes either lost weight or not gained alot. Not a serious amount. So im feeding him yogurt also and adding cheese to veg meals as surgested by the HV, and am wondering now that his ideal portion size should be as he gets constipated easily and im possibly low on milk. Should i cut back on foods and breastfeed more?!

    Im desperate to get him on to bottles and iv bought many types of bottles and beakers and formulas so i can feed him better and make sure he gets the right amount, and also so can leave him with my OH and go outside by myself, but he HATES all formula and any type of bottle teet. I can get him to drink my breast milk from a sippy cup or a cup. But not formula milk at all. :-?

    I am unsure of myself now as of how to get enough breastmilk and also persuade him to take formula.
    Im thinking of going to my gp tomorrow to ask if there is meds for increasing breastmilk.

    Any advice would be amazing.
    Last edited by mead321; February 6th, 2018 at 04:26 PM.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Hi @mead, I’m sorry to hear that you’re feeling uncertain but it sounds like you’re doing a great job - you’re really switched on as to what’s going on with your son and that’s absolutely key.

    I’ve found that 6-12 months can be a tricky age in terms of gauging how much a baby needs and how much they’re actually taking. They get so much more efficient and so does your body in terms of producing only what’s needed, so short feeds and breasts that don’t feel full are actually pretty normal once a baby is out of that newborn phase, especially once they start on solids.

    But if you think he seems hungry and he’s not gaining much weight, you may need to try and up your supply. Pumping and expressing are good for this, but the best way is to feed feed feed! Bringing baby to the breast lots is the best way to stimulate milk production, which works on a supply-demand basis and is helped by the hormones you release when you’re snuggling up with LO!

    If he eats a lot of solids instead of milk feeds it might be worth cutting back, but if it’s just fruit and veggies it’s unlikely that he’s filling up too much on those, and cutting down could make his constipation worse. Do you always offer a milk feed before and after solid foods? And does he drink anything besides breastmilk?
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