Help me- 15 mo self weaning, against my will!!

(38 Posts)
Mampig Fri 05-Oct-12 23:23:29

Hello all, I've been around a few blocks by now, and realise I'm clutching at straws, but maybe someone can help? 15 mo ds has been self weaning for about 2 weeks now. I was in denial initially but know its for real :-( . I'm actually distraught. I feel it's too early (for him and me), and can't understand why?! It seems like he has forgotten how to latch. I work FT, so have not been all available to him ifkwim? In one way, I feel this is the cause. But I am wondering if there is anything I can do?? Ideally I would like to be breastfeeding am and pm. My milk supply has really dropped, so I started fenugreek today, and also expressing ( I got nothing btw), so if he cannot latch on, I would still like to give him bm.
So- does anyone think its possible that he may latch on again? Or if not, do u think I can up my supply in order to give him a few oz bm per day in a cup? If u have read this far, I thank u!!!!

Mampig Sun 07-Oct-12 20:43:59

Thank u both. Expressing isn't working, but I acknowledge that if I can get him feeding again it should be ok.. He took a mouthful of boob today, no sucking but a start at least. Can't tell u how happy I was at not getting rejected! Gosh, I know how sad this sounds to others who don't understand, and I really appreciate your support. I will keep you all posted one way or the other! smile

Mampig Sun 07-Oct-12 20:46:42

Meant to say, I think I will get him checked by Gp. In reflecting, this happened just after MMR, and I know he took mild measles from it, and he is still out of sorts. Prob is that it takes ages to get appointment, might have to exaggerate the truth somewhat! Thanks!

Asmywhimsytakesme Sun 07-Oct-12 20:47:47

Mam good idea to go to gp and great news he had a suck - milk soon hopefully smile

IWipeArses Mon 08-Oct-12 09:42:22

Also check for oral thrush? Or any other type of mouth infection like hand foot and mouth, they both put DS off feeding at that sort of age.

Good luck. smile

butterfingerz Mon 08-Oct-12 11:16:01

My 16 month DS is teething, he's had quite a few teeth come through very quickly. His latch is terrible, maybe he's trying to renegotiate the nipple with his new teeth... but my nipples are suffering, they're red raw!

So I would second the teething suggestion, try some calpol and bongela if you feel this is the reason? Hopefully it will pass and you'll be up and running soon!

I also struggle with expressing, always have... I don't think it's necessarily a reflection on your supply. Keep it up though as the stimulation will help to tell your body you've not given up.

Mampig Mon 08-Oct-12 21:36:23

Yeah, he's getting some molarssad. Had another little mouthful tonightsmile.
The expressing is just not happening tho, just hope that if he does return to bf, that I have something for him. I'm pumping anyway, just to stimulate, and the little monkey is actually trying to pump for me- the irony!!grin

Mampig Wed 10-Oct-12 21:17:26

Slowly getting better. All clear at GP, so must be the teeth. His latch is terrible, so gently working on it, but he's back for boobie cuddles and demanding skin to skin again. He must be missing the closeness, as am I, but I do feel we are getting somewhere. I think I was getting so stressed about it, and you lovely ladies helped me settle downgrin. I will update again in a few days, hopefully with a milky story!!!

Asmywhimsytakesme Wed 10-Oct-12 22:29:12

Mampig so pleased things are improving smile

Looking forward to reading your update - hopefully milk intake will be increasing.

If you are finding you can't pump you could google the mamet hand expression technique which is fab.

Mampig Thu 11-Oct-12 23:09:23

Thank u!! Tried it there, fabulous- wondering how I didn't know about it before!!!grin

Mampig Tue 16-Oct-12 17:32:14

Little update....grin all going well!!! Feeding again, supply has dipped but he is increasing it himself! Can't tell u how happy I am!!! Thanks everyone for the support!!!

Asmywhimsytakesme Tue 16-Oct-12 17:35:03

Mampig that is wonderful news gringrin

So very pleased for you and hopefully you will now be happily feeding for many months to come!

xx

Asmywhimsytakesme Tue 16-Oct-12 17:38:10

Ps there is another lady suffering from a nursing strike currently on this board. If you have time maybe you could post and encourage her by telling her your story?

This is her thread:

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/breast_and_bottle_feeding/1588426-12m-old-dd-has-stopped-breastfeeding

Mampig Tue 16-Oct-12 18:53:54

Thanks Asmy!! Just posted there- there is always hope!!!

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