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27-11-2014 07:55 #31
27-11-2014 14:43 #32
You all make a lot of sense and logically I know I can go to formula or mix feed and he'll be just fine in the long run. I don't understand why I am so emotional about this. I think maybe because at this age they don't do much but eat and sleep, I feel like I'm doing a rubbish job because he's not gaining weight or sleeping well - so I'm kind of doing badly on both of the things that are most important for him now!
Today I have mostly breastfed but at the last feed I offered 40ml of EBM an hour after a breastfeed and he guzzled it and cried for more. So I gave him another 40ml and again he guzzled and wanted more. He took the last 30ml that I had in the fridge so that's 110ml EBM an hour after a feed! He must be hungry. He has slept quite well today, he's having his third nap and they have all been around 1.5hrs (this one might be longer as I resettled him after the first 40min).
I'm speaking to the LC again tomorrow and I see my counsellor tonight. I want to breastfeed but I also don't want to be stressing about his weight or about him being hungry all the time.
I also don't want to lose my bond with my little boy, I love our time on the couch feeding and when he cuddles into me and relaxes. It's so nice and I will miss it so much. He's also my last baby so it's hard to move on.
27-11-2014 14:47 #33
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27-11-2014 14:53 #34
Hun just call it and go formula if you need too. I don't give a second thought of how my boy was fed now that he's 3. It's just not relevant anymore.
27-11-2014 14:56 #35
No tongue or lip ties, he actually seems to have a great latch and feeds pretty well most of the time. This all adds to my frustration, he looks like he feeds well and my supply seems good so it just frustrates me that he still doesn't gain much weight. I know it's probably the CMPI and there's always a chance he's also having issues with other things that are still in my diet like soy.
I'm thinking I might ask the LC if I can pop in and weigh him early next week and see if the comp feeding and extra formula has made a difference to his weight. If it hasn't, we'll know something else is going on (like his adenoids which will be getting checked early next year). I would hate to give up breastfeeding only for him to keep having poor weight gains!
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27-11-2014 15:11 #37
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27-11-2014 15:33 #38
It's the boobie hormones. They are hard to fight. I felt huge relief when I finally went formula and once the hormones went I thought now why was that so hard?
27-11-2014 15:41 #39
I had huge drama feeding my first, I'll struggled so much with deciding what to do... I remember waking up one morning & deciding enough was enough & that I would formula feed, and honestly I suffered a lot of anxiety over it, but honestly it doesn't matter at all, DS is a great toddler, you have done so well to get where you have, try and celebrate that success XX
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27-11-2014 15:44 #40Senior Member
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I think that for many women their is a real period of grief when a breastfeeding relationship ends regardless of how long you've fed for or why you stop - especially with your last. So please don't think you're being irrational, it's tough! Be kind to yourself xx
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