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Over the past month I've been noticing an increase in my anxiety. I have cloudy thoughts and that nervous anxious feeling every morning.  (Something I've dealt with through CBT for years.)  Problem is these are more physical symptoms. I haven't found a way yet to use cognitive therapy to control the physical side of this.  DD is 5 months, I've gone back to work three days a week, nursing has always caused big weight gain that I loose immediately after weaning- so I've been working toward this.  Previously I have weaned "instantly" due to business trips.  This time the process is more slow/relaxed. EXCEPT for the increase in anxiety.  Could the increased anxiety be from weaning? If so, should I have the DH take over bottle feedings and do the "quick wean" version that has worked before??  I have 8 kiddos to think about. My anxiety has been under control for years with no meds. I don't like feeling this way. Please, any advice is welcomed.

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Anyone have any advice for this mama?
What a hard decision to make.
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i always got they way when i was weaning my kids because i did not want to lose that bond i would say if you did not want to breastfeed here due to work i would let your dh take over the feedings because that was what would stress me out cause i did not want to give them the bottle i would want to feed them from the breast

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Just some further info on this topic because I have noticed that women tend to post to forums when they have the issue- and then they tend to NOT post an update... and updates would be helpful for women seeking advice at a later time.


My increased anxiety was coming from PMS. My body was ready to start again- and did 10 days after my initial post.  Funny, I just thought I was going crazy. I was so moody and nervous. My husband just wanted to stay away from me so we didn't argue.


Still nursing Violet once each day- in the middle of the night.  I'm really ready to have my weight back down, to quit nursing; but she will be my last and I just haven't been able to let it go completely.  When I look at her pudgy 6 month old face beaming up at me, I care less about the extra weight.  (Prolactin + my body = weight loss nightmare.)

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I hope this article can bring some encouragement. It's not easy to wean...



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I just wanted to add that my baby has been on a general feeding strike, refusing breast and bottle while awake , for almost a month, and I have been losing my mind. Anytime he goes more than five hours without feeding, I get super panicky and depressed. I looked it up and realized my body thinks it's weaning cold turkey every other day.

He feeds every 1-2 hours from 7 pm to 7am and when waking after his naps. He is 4 months old. Over the last few days I had to start zoloft so I could be a normal functioning mood stable mom for him. It's been five days and already he is feeding a lot better, probably because I can relax about the whole thing.

I just think the hormones are basically addictive as nature's way of keeping us feeding our babies. So when weaning, you go through withdrawals. Or maybe your slow weaning was like my feeding strike, and that might be anxiety producing over time.

I just think it's got a physical, hormonal component.
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I remember feeling this way when DS1 weaned abruptly.
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