Unfortunately it is becoming increasingly more difficult to continue to breastfeed even tho she is now latching and feeding at the breast. I've only been at work for a week and a half and I'm already feeling the pressure from my boss plus pumping over night is also taxing. It sucks because I've invested to much into this. Not to mention I feel Thalia's constant gas troubles are somehow my fault. I'm going to start the process of weaning her off my breastmilk and changing to formula. I hope to do this by the time she is 4 months and gradually. I'm sure I have almost an entire month's supply frozen. Any pointers??
Thanks again ladies!!
I'm sorry to hear you are planning to wean... you could always just nurse in the morning/evening (that's how often you nurse when you wean around 1 year). You just have to drop nursing sessions here and there and nurse for less time to diminish your supply. You can also place cold cabbage leaves in your bra to relieve discomfort (I take them out once they wilt as I used them when I got mastitis in the past).
Breastmilk is so important for you baby's health, even if you just give her a little nurse everyday (even for just 10 minutes) in the morning and night you will be passing on your antibodies and giving her a stronger immunity. It's very feasible for you to keep up your nursing relationship by nursing twice a day and the remainder giving formula. Hope this helps!
Dont do it too quickly.
drop about 1 daily session per week.
if you feel like you want to do it faster, you can *try* taking an antihistamine along with Sudafed (and eating/drinking lots of pepperminty and sage-y stuff) to see if it helps slow down your production significantly. It often helps the moms I talk to who want to wean.
You can either go cold turkey to formula or you can do the 3/4 BM + 1/4 formula then 1/2 and 1/2 then 1/4 and 3/4 if you like, but either way works.
If she's having issues with your breastmilk, she may well have issues with formula as well. DOnt switch formulas too often - give each one at least 3 days before you move on.
When stopped breastfeeding/pumping with my first daughter at 3 months, I used cabbage leaves to help with engorgement and to soften my breasts. Holy cow, does it work!
Ahh, it is so nice to have a pediatrician on the board. Star always has great info.
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Awesome advice, thanks ladies. I'm still on the fence about it, hopefully I can make it work. My personal goal was 6 months. I'll take it day by day
I like sally's idea. Though of course its a personal decision. What kind of pressure are you getting from the boss? Print out the laws and rights of breastfeeding mothers if you need to show him
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