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Chica31 Wed 07-Oct-09 14:55:28

I'm knackered, DD still going through growth spurt. Mum keeps giving useful advice such as formula won't hurt you know. Mum didn't BF and neither did any of my friends past 6 weeks. DD now 19 weeks, 20 on Friday!

belgo Wed 07-Oct-09 14:58:18

Keep going! You are getting to the easy part!

All this effect you've done to get breastfeeding established, please don't stop now! Growth spurts won't last forever, and when she's six months you can start giving her solid food.

Really you don't want to be faffing around with bottles, formula etc - especially as there is no guarantee that this will help with her growth spurt!

belgo Wed 07-Oct-09 14:58:59

Can your mum not help you in other ways so that you can get a break?

MummyWantsANewBag Wed 07-Oct-09 14:59:01

I found that 20 week age really tough, kept going and it settled down again. Once she reached weaning it got much much easier and its no bother now at all. Keep going if you can, keep reminding yourself that the seemingly-neverending-spurt WILL end and then it will be better! Goodluck!

ByThePowerOfGreyskull Wed 07-Oct-09 14:59:15

Keep going!

sounds like you are going really well! are you trying to do lots of other things? Do you have the chance to hunker down and rest and only feed and sleep?

When you are pooped every feed can feel like a chore. Rest, take people up on offers of help, and it will pass smile

belgo Wed 07-Oct-09 14:59:24

affort not effect in my first post

StealthPolarBear Wed 07-Oct-09 15:00:27

well done for getting this far. Growth spurt should be over soon...

Chica31 Wed 07-Oct-09 15:03:38

Thanks every one.
I live aboard, so no family around and all my friends work. MN has been a godsend and FB.

Mum gives her useful advice over skype. Today it was to put baby rice in a bottle. Yeh great thanks Mum

StealthPolarBear Wed 07-Oct-09 15:04:43

oh dear

Chica31 Wed 07-Oct-09 15:07:08

Sorry just feeling down today. In an hour I pick DH up from work and can talk to some colleagues of his for a bit.

As many of you know you can only walk around the park so many times...

StealthPolarBear Wed 07-Oct-09 15:08:01

are there no baby groups / soft play things where you live?

Chica31 Wed 07-Oct-09 15:12:07

I have only found a baby massage class which we always go to. The other mums are really nice to me, but they don't seem to want to meet up at other times. My language skills are OK but they all seem to have their own friends, family and lives.

I went to a British womens group the other day, but they were all 50 plus. A good morning out though.

Chica31 Wed 07-Oct-09 15:14:34

It's a real pain and bad timing on our part. All my friends have DC's, but went back to work as I started maternity leave.

belgo Thu 08-Oct-09 10:17:48

It sounds like you are doing everything right - going to groups, talking to your husband's colleagues. I know it's hard having a small child in a foreign country. I hope it gets better for you soon.

Beveridge Thu 08-Oct-09 12:35:40

i have been waiting for DD (age 18 weeks)to rediscover her ability to sleep from 7.30pm-5am for weeks now (said episode only lasted for a few weeks anyway!), last night she was feeding every 2-3 hours.am fending off 'helpful' suggestions of baby rice(though not in a bottle!!!) from the older generation....

are you co-sleeping/feeding lying down in bed?

http://www.babyfriendly.org.uk/pdfs/sharingbedleaflet.pdf

sitting up to feed knackers me totally!DD starts off in the cot by the bed until the first feed...

mamasunshine Thu 08-Oct-09 13:23:58

Agree with everything said, it's a hard growth spurt to get through...but it will be worth it!! Just take 1 day at a time and soon it'll be really easy and you won't be phaffing with bottles etc! Good luck!

star6 Thu 08-Oct-09 13:26:39

It will be SO worth it once you get over this difficult patch. It will! Don't listen to people who tell you to just give up if you want to keep going. There is a light at the end of the tunnel

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