Iam surprised you are still feeling fullness at this point. I am not. but I also don't nurse as much as you. Joe nurses all through the night while we sleep - 90% it is on my right boob b/c that's most comfortable, then he doesn't nurse again until morning nap - he has some before or after his nap (or both) then again before and after afternoon nap, then maybe a little more before or after dinner. we really don't have a good schdule down b/c I work 3 days a week and on those days I nurse him when we first wake up, then he has 2 bottles during the day then I try to nurse him as soon as I get home from work but he doesn't always want it then, then i don't nurse him until he wakes up in the middle of the night...and I never feel full or uncomfortable anymore. And I just switched from pumping 2 times at work to once a day in a 9 hour time period - still not uncomfortable... almost makes me wonder if I am still making much milk. When i do pump I only get 3 onces total.
Which brings me to my question - I want to stop pumping all together - but I am worried that I will stop making milk if I do. Right now I only pump once a day when at work (mon, wed & Fri) I was thinking that since I am with him all day long and nurse on demand every other day my supply will stay the same? Any input?
Also I was thinking today that as i reach my goal of one year - when should I stop nursing? To be honest, I can't imagine EVER wanting to stop. But I guess a part of me is concered what others will think (I know that's SO STUPID) but I used to think (before I had Joe) that mom's who nursed past 1 year where strange.. I no longer think that of course... also I don't think Joe will ever want to self wean - which is what I thought would happen at some point. I just can't imagine ever denying him the boob. He never really "asks" for it, but I don't think he would settle down in the middle of the night without it. I think he would be fine in the day if I didn't offer it.... I feel like if i don't wean him at some point i will be nursing him until he is 10!
BTW Libby, i agree with you not liking that Dr. i watched an episode of nanny 911 and the british nanny said that too much cow's milk causes constipation. not that i trust TV implicitly, but aparantly somebody besides you knows its true, even if your Dr is a dink.
which reminds me... i think we are going to have to find Ellie a new Dr. when we first took her there, there was the NP Lisa and Dr D. well, they added Dr S, who we have met, he gave Ellie her second eval to get discharged, and he's the Dr on call for the office some weekends, and DH DOES NOT LIKE HIM. but i also think he does not do kids... so maybe we can just avoid him.
drives me nuts though, DH's family Dr was not accepting new patients and it had been so long since he'd been there that he would have been a new patient again too, and my Dr's office was just stupid... unnecessary tests and unnecessary meds way too many times..... so we went hunting when Ellie was born for a new family Dr for both of us. i like Lisa and Dr D, but Dr S seriously freaks me out.
Jackie--I feel 100% the same way. I swear, I just came here to ask:
Is it possible to really want to wean but at the same point not want to wean at all?!?
Liam would totally be okay through the day, but at night co-sleeping he wants the boob. Which makes me wonder, if we didn't co-sleep would he NOT need that comfort feeding all through the night. Which is why I'm torn. So therefore, if we stop co-sleeping, we need to stop bf'ing too because if I have to get up and sit up and feed him and put him back to sleep, I might as well just keep on truckin' at the same pace we are now, which I am fine with on 9 out of 10 nights, but I'm wondering when and if and should we just continue or make some changes...
Weaning can be a long process, so you could start to cut out one night feeding if you want to. and maybe you could lay him down initially in his crib but let him come back to your bed later or early in the morning. There always is that chance that once you cut out one night nursing, he'll start to go longer and longer until he weans himself, so dont forget that possibility!
We are down to just 2/3 times at day since we started 4 day ago. I thought it will take months to dry. I really didn't know it will be so fast, and I feel so guilty when I try to distract him so he can forget about nursing.
Does somebody else start to wean yet?
There was a great article suggested to me when we were talking about night weaning. It was geared towards BFing cosleepers. http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/ap/sleep.asp
It was very interesting, and made a lot of sense. We don't cosleep, but I was able to take some of the ideas and adapt them to our situation. Dr Sears also has an interesting article about the "all night nurser". http://www.askdrsears.com/html/7/T070800.asp
The thing that it all comes down to seems to be patience and sticking to it even though it would be sooo much easier to give in and offer the boob.
Now that we've started to transition to one nap, and H is almost sort of STTN..I worry that we're going slow down on the BFing too. I don't want to wean, not for a few more months. I think I will still offer the boob mid morning even though she won't be going for a snooze.
See i really don't want to wean yet...but just kinda feel I should have some sort of end goal in my head - like I will start to wean ant a year and 1/2 or something. I guess we will just continue the co-sleep - all night nursing until either DH or I begin not to like it....
I do lay Joe in his crib to go to sleep at night - but when he wakes up for a feeding (anytime between 12am and 5am) then he just comes into bed with us and we snuggle. sleep, nurse till morning. He even made it to 6am the other night when DH feed him a bottle of cows milk before bed...
I'm just not strong enough (or perhaps patient enough, too) to listen to Liam cry when he doesn't get the boob. I'd like him to be off the bottle though like really soon, but as long as he is still feeding through the night and at times he exausts my supply and tosses and turns and isn't satisfied so we go to the bottle to satisfy him and us and he falls back to sleep after a few ounces. And he just doesn't drink enough from his sippy to get the nutrition he needs.
First to all of you who are concerned about weaning I think it comes when the baby is ready for the most part. With my daughter I breast feed until she was 15 months and she just did not want it anymore. Yes I was very sad but I was glad she decided when to stop so I didn't have to. With Joshua I am sad to say that I think today was the last day for pumping. I didnt even get a quarter of an ounce I am so sad. He still nurses in the morning time that seems to be his favorite time. I still try to nurse him at night but sadly (for me not him) he is not interested I guess he is weaning himself and that makes me sad but then again I am glad he is deciding on the time frame not me. I am not sure I would ever decide. LOL You all know what I mean. I really would stop in a few months but it does make me sad. Good luck to you all.