I've been breastfeeding my daughter for 6 months - 4 months exclusively, and introduced a bedtime bottle as part of her routine from 4 months on. If you had asked me before she came along how long I'd like to feed for, I would have said 6 months, but I don't feel quite ready to give up (though part of me would like to, mainly for selfish reasons!) Will be going back to work in August when baby is coming up to 10 months, so will probably keep at it until then, in combination with BLW. It's so convenient in many ways, and i'm enjoying the cuddles which are happening less and less these days! Also can't really face washing bottles, the one-per-night is enough as it is, goddamn Dr. Browns bottles and their little parts :/
Just wondering really how long you breastfed for, and what your reasons were for giving up?
Hi Zara 1984 I was wondering if your baby is tonguetied as my baby is and it's really hard for a baby to latch if they are tonguetied I had the tonguetied cut and it made a big difference go on tonguetied baby and see the symtoms a lot of profession s miss diagnose a tonguetied and it cases many breast feeding problems all the best Katie
Hi Zara 1984 my baby had big problems latching and feeding al because of a tonguetie d .alot of professionals miss them I had my babies cut and he feeds a lot better .if you go on the site of baby with tonguetied and the symtoms all the best Katie
DS1 11months 3 weeks ( I remember because dh and I had a row about the week of formula that he insisted DS1 had because he wasn't ready for cows milk )
DS2 just over 12 months
Both of them decided to stop feeding and after 3 days of trying to get them to latch we gave up. I now know about breastfeeding strikes and wish I had tried for a few more days I loved bf'ing the boys and I am sad I will never do it again.
Mumnosbest - this link from Kellymom is a good source of info on breastfeeding strikes. It is unusual for babies to self wean before 12 months (normally more like 2 years) but it does happen, sometimes due to development, low milk supply and mums naturally putting food before milk (which is very normal to do, especially when real life gets in the way and you're going back to work, not around etc) The link has some times to over come strikes.