My DS is 6 months old and ebf. He is quite a big boy, was on 80th percentile for length and weight at his 4 month check, and he currently breastfeeds every two hours during the day and either 2 or 3 times at night. He also has to feed to sleep, its the only way to settle him to sleep unless he is in the car.
He won't take a bottle and won't take a dummy. I've tried lots of different bottles, ebm and formula... it's like he doesn't know what to do with it, he chews the teat and the milk dribbles out, then he gets frustrated and cries.
The problem is that I now can't leave him at all. DH can't feed him or settle him to sleep so I can't be away from him for more than 2 hours and I'm due back to work in a couple of months. I'm started to feel quite suffocated by it, particularly because I also have a really clingy 2 year old!
On top of all this, breastfeeding has given me terrible tension in my neck and shoulders. I'm seeing a physio who is convinced it's the feeding that's doing it as I spend a lot of the night sitting up feeding and it is always worse first thing in the morning. This neck tension is also causing migraines which I'm now suffering from about weekly and always after a run of bad nights.
I would like to wean DS onto formula but I'm worried because a) how? he won't take a bottle b) I would be taking away his main source of comfort and that feels terrible c) nights would be even harder if formula doesn't settle him back to sleep in the same way
Does anyone have any advice please? Would it be possible to just use formula in the day and keep breastfeeding at night? Is there anything I can do about the bottle refusing? Thanks!
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Breastfeeding my 6 month old causing me pain - any way forward?
User24689 · 20/04/2018 14:00
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