He has dropped right down to 2 feeds a day, but snacks through the night (grr) and my periods started again last month. He's actually lost 1.5lbs since he was last weighed a month ago: the first time he's lost weight sine the day he was born!
MamaG - I agree that nursing strike is a candidate for the reason behind this behaviour. Has he really lost one and a half pounds in a month? This needs investigating....babies don't normally lose this amount of weight.
(if this is a typo and you meant to write 1.5 oz, then no worries!)
Have checked again and on 18/9/09 he was 14.55kg and 2st 4lbs
Today he was 14.14kg and 2st 2.5lbs
So yes, def 1.5 pounds - I was shocked and said to her "that doesn't sound good, should i be worried?" and she replied "no, its just because he's a lot more active now (late crawler) and you'll find he does level out now."
He is a big baby, no doubt about it. She asked how I felt about giving up BF now and I said my goal was to feed until 6m and anything after that was a bonus and that I'd rather he self-weaned than I weaned him IYKWIM. But to suddnely STOP feeding, after 2 proper feeds a day and snacking through night? From reading that link, it doesn't sound right to me (or you lot, by the sound of it!)
And levelling out is very different to actually losing weight. I wonder if it was the scales.
My dd is also very big, was always off the charts and she levelled out after about a year but never lost weight. In fact, she has only gained a few pounds between 18 months and 2 and a half but is still on the top of the charts so weight gain slows dramatically but losing weight is a different issue. I don't mean panic, just wonder if that was an accurate reading as it's not common to lose weight I think.
He's actually lost 410g, MamaG - under a pound. In a big baby who's clearly active and thriving, I would put that down to the vagaries of weighing, to be honest...and yes, he could be levelling out, though the usual way to do that is not by actually losing weight
<relief> do you think she's translated the weight from kg to lbs incorrectly? She's written in both columns but teh scales always come up in kg
Do you all think I should take this opportunity to wean him off, or should I try to get him back on? He IS almost 1 but I had no plans to stop BF as long as he was happy. But equally, I don't wnat to do it forever and I am a bit tied to the house of an evening!
Certainly does SPB! He's still not feeding, but is much better in himself and is happy with his beaker of water and his solid food.
I've been trying to express to keep up the supply but I am spectacularly crap at expressing and I'm not sure my heart was 100% in it anyway.
So there we are, I think its over. Boobs much less engorged today, baby happy, me feeling emotional but I feel like its quite a "natural" end to our BF relationship. Even though I could cry. But I think I'd have a little weep whatever age he was.
Why am I feeling so guilty?! He's 1 in a fortnight FGS, I've given him a fab start haven't I? Mother's guilt, what a wonderful thing ...