Rebecca - Kaylin sounds like Ev was up until about a month and a half ago. He was in our bed every night. As much as I miss him cuddling up during the night he had to be latched on the entire night and the 3 of us got terrible sleep. It's weird though, now that he doesn't sleep in our bed, if I bring him in the morning he is so distracted with everything in our bedroom, he CAN'T go to sleep! I keep hoping that someday he can go back to chilling with me in the mornings after DH leaves for work.
Evan had STTN Saturday and Sunday. Last night he woke up around 2 and we let him cry because I was pretty sure he wasn't hungry. It took him a while but he finally got himself back to sleep. If I do go in, whether he is hungry or not, he will want a boob.
So is anyone else getting the (insert disapproving tone) " So how much longer are you going to breastfeed for"?
It just seems like people are soooo judgemental about it. Why is the magic cut off at a year? What does it matter how long I nurse for...My boobies, My say! Of course I am not going to nurse her until she's 12 but I don't have a specific timeline either of when I want to stop. We're doing baby-led weaning, so I want HER to decide when she's done. I would rather not go much past a 1 1/2 - 2 years...but I am not going to just quit cold turkey either. She's already started nursing less often and for shorter periods, I think she'll wean herself in the next few months.
I have got that same question from my MIL and a few other people. Today at Ev's 9 mo. check-up the doctor said, "nurse him as long as you want, there's no specific time to quit." Ev is such a comfort nurser that I am sure weaning won't be easy!
Definitely getting the questions... So rude! I always say I'll nurse her until she doesn't want to anymore. The other day somebody commented, "You're STILL pumping???" I'm like, "HELLO! She's not even 9 months old yet!" Just because some people give up because it's easier (Not judging here!) doesn't mean that it's abnormal to still be pumping! WTF!
I was asked last night when I was going "to wean" so that they could keep Kaylin overnight. Stuff like that just really ticks me off, especially coming from someone that didn't BF'd her children. Not only that...even if Kaylin was on formula or weaned...I wouldn't feel comfortable at this point with an overnight trip. We're kinda attached to each other!
I do have a question...
Anyone else dealing with 'biting'...or in our case 'gumming' since she doesn't have any teeth. Every single time she nurses, she will chomp down hard. My nips are incredibly sore as it's been going on a good week. I de-latch her and stop the session but it hasn't helped any! I need some other tips/advice.
The first time Ev bit me he cried when I said "ouch." I felt bad for HIM! Although he has a lot of teeth, it's not very often that he bites. I notice that he does use nursing a lot for teething comfort and when he does that I end the feeding, mostly because it drives me nuts.
He bit a few days ago and I said, "no" and he started crying again.
I am not sure of what else you can do besides saying no. I wonder if she is doing it for teething comfort too?
Hmm, I don't know, Rebecca. Sam bit me twice soon after he got his two teeth. He chomped down the first time and I exclaimed, "OWWW!" That's just what came out because it really hurt and I was caught off guard. When I let him latch back on, he did it again, as if to test the waters. I exclaimed again and said, "NO," sternly. I set him down on the floor for a couple of minutes. I picked him up once more, and he nursed just fine. He hasn't tried it since then. I don't know if my squealing scared him or what. Good luck with Kaylin. I hope you can find a way to get her to stop!
This weekend while I had the stomach flu I was barely able to make enough to feed both girls. And I was HAPPY because I am trying to wean myself from the pump and use the approx. 3,000 oz we have in the freezer. So today I had a bagle (tummy STILL not happy with food yet) and I am already feeling full. UGH!!! I was hopeing this stomach thing would help me wean myself, but I guess no luck. I actually had to thaw some milk to send the girls to daycare with today and it was GREAT! Who would have thought I would have had this problem? Not me, and not EVERY LC who told me "There is NO way you will be able to exclusively feed a baby with just a pump, let alone two!" I guess I proved them wrong, but I'm done proving my point, I want to stop pumping!