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Six month old - thinking about giving up breast

post #1 of 7
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My baby daughter is 6 months old. She is thriving and on solids, she is crawling and even starting to pull up on furniture

My milk supply seems low, it has been with both my kids. I pump milk, and come up with about an ounce of milk. She wants milk every two to three hours of the night, still. Tiring.

Here us the thing, my son is autistic. He is three and requires and extraordinary amount if energy. I need to teach him so many basics, like communicating, never mind toilet training or talking or playing with kids. it's tough. I do have him in a specialized program, 2 hours, 5 days a week. He is a great kid, he just needs a different approach in parenting and should be engaged a lot so he doesn't drift into his own world. I breast fed him for 6 months

I've been thinking I should switch to formula with my daughter.. Having timed feedings and knowing what she is getting would really help me manage the two kids

I can't help but feel guilty, overwhelmed, and stressed out about this decision. I want what is best for both of my kids.

Any insight would be so appreciated.
post #2 of 7
Hi Tina. I don't have any experience with weaning yet, but I feel that maintaining your sanity is the most important thing. You can't take good care of your kids if you can't take care of yourself. Breastfeeding is great for your baby and for you, but if it is overwhelming you and formula feeding would help, I don't think you should feel guilty about it. Your DD has had 6 wonderful months of your milk. She is off to a great start. I hope you find a solution that works for all of you.


Also, I moved this thread to the general Breastfeeding Forum because it is a better fit here.
post #3 of 7

If she is on solids now then I don't think I'd worry as much. I had a hard time with milk supply too when I had my last one 4 years ago and I had to pump a lot and still didn't get much in between feedings. I didn't make it past 6 months either. Don't feel guilty. Just do what works for you.

post #4 of 7

Your supply may not be as low as you think it is. You say your daughter is healthy and thriving--clearly she has been getting enough milk so far. I have lots of supply and was never able to pump more than an ounce, either. How much you can pump is never really a good indication of how much your kid is getting.

 

You do seem to have a lot of worry about how much she is getting. I have to stress that you do not have to keep track. If she is eating solids well, and breastfeeding during the day, and doesn't seem hungry, she is getting enough.

post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by MichelleZB View Post

How much you can pump is never really a good indication of how much your kid is getting.

You do seem to have a lot of worry about how much she is getting. I have to stress that you do not have to keep track. If she is eating solids well, and breastfeeding during the day, and doesn't seem hungry, she is getting enough.

I agree with Michelle. Pumping is not a good indication of supply. I also think that DD may still wake up at night eating formula. Would making bottles during the night be more or less stressful for you?
post #6 of 7
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My son slept for longer with a bottle of formula that with breast feeding

It's not the getting up at night bottle/vs breast that is stressful, it's functioning daily with a baby and a son with Special Needs (ASD) on little sleep.

I think you misunderstood.

Anyway, I am weaning now.
post #7 of 7
I'm sorry if I misunderstood. What you are saying makes sense. I hope weaning goes smoothly and you are able to get more rest.
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