If you are new to breastfeeding & have any concerns, doubts and questions, please feel free to ask.
I am no expert but I've written a few articles on breastfeeding for Moomie a few months back. I'm a member of the La Leche League on fb which I can guide you to and I have done a lot of reading and researching on bf.
I have 2 gorgeous kiddies. My 1st was a formula fed baby because I was just completely clueless on bf and I'm kicking myself today because of it. My 2nd is 2yrs, 3 months now & I have been bf him from the get go & still going strong.
I absolutely love the special journey we are on & that is where my passion for bf started and wanting to help as many mommies as I can.
my lb is almost 11 months and we have a lovely breastfeeding journey and i enjoy every moment of it - well most of it anyway.
i am currently also 17 weeks pregnant and my o my, what a painful mission to breastfeed while pregnant
anyway i am pushing through and planning on tandem feeding one baby is here. would love to BF my lb till he is at least 2.
i know my supply has dropped alot, but i still have enough milk to feed him properly. he is a very poor sleeper and we do get up for feeds 6-10 times a night.
the past few nights he wakes up at 4, hungry as an ox, and after a proper feed is still starving hungry - so we do breakfast at 4 in the morning for the part 4 nights, sofar i just blame in on a growth spurt
could it be that my milk is not enough anymore?
me 35, DH 39
TTC #1 since Oct 2012
March 2013 BFP, May 2013 MC at 10 weeks (Blighted Ovum)
6 Aug 2013 BFP, Gerhard gebore 8 April 2014
#2 BFP 3 Jan, Franswa gebore 8 Aug 2015
#3 TTC from Apr 2018
MC Oct 2018
BFP 23 Nov 2018
A lot of moms find that they can still successfully bf their baby throughout pregnancy. Unfortunately the downside is that you develop bf aversion during the pregnancy cause your nipples are extremely sensitive but well done on persevering.
If you can, try to express whenever possible and top up after a feed with expressed milk. I know you might not have enough but if you can, that will also help a lot.
Your milk can drop drastically during pregnancy so that might cause him to feed so much and seem more hungrier. A growth spurt usually only lasts a few days so if he continues for more than a week, it's highly unlikely a growth spurt.
Have you ever tested him for iron deficiency? Some babies are just poor sleepers and can take between the age of 2 - 5yrs to start sleeping through and other times low iron levels play a huge role.
Jip, some babies sleep worse than others. My son had a bit of an iron deficiency. I suspect it's because he loved his milkies over food. He still doesn't eat properly when I'm around and he is 2yrs, 3months now. He had to go onto an iron supplement for about 6months. He wasn't a poor sleeper. The paed had a hunch and did a blood test. Bf babies iron reserve usually lasts up until 9months and then they slowly need to get iron rich food in. They don't get enough iron through our bm, even if we go onto supplements etc
Keep an eye on it. Not sure how his diet is with regards to food but I'm glad you got a good nights sleep.
Some babies go off the breast during pregnancy BUT want to feed again once the baby arrives hahaha. Others just dry nurse right through the pregnancy.
Hi blessedmom, honestly I didn't think I had a choice until my mom said that I do - breastfeed or formula feed - so I chose formula feed. I suppose there is no right or wrong answer, however I was told to steer clear from doing both at the same time - rather stick to one - any thoughts?
You and baby would definitely benefit more if you can breastfeed but at the end of the day, it is your choice.
Obviously in the beginning you should only bf and not formula feed as well because it can affect your supply cause the more baby drinks on you, the more milk you make but if you bring a bottle in inbetween, your brain will signal to your breasts to make less milk because baby isn't feeding frequently.
It can also upset their tummies and cause constipation and cramping.
That said, some moms do both when they go back to work because either, they don't have enough time to express at least 3 times a day and then don't have enough expressed milk for baby so they top up for those extra feeds baby need. Then they breastfeed whenever they with baby to try to make up for it. Or they can't express at all due their working conditions and need to supplement with formula during the day.