Post # 1
I know theres alot of bickering about breast vs bottle.. but i really need some advice here.
For my first daughter I had to give her 1/2 breast milk 1/2 formula because she refused to gain weight, and she ended up only wanting to take bottle so I weaned her at 6 months because I had found out i was pregnant and was misinformed that I couldnt breastfeed while pregnant. Anwyway, so my first was weened at 6 months.
My second one, our son, is now 7 months old, he has been mostly breast feeding, and only formulat feeding if im at work ( ive been back to work for 2 months or so) and hes recently gotten 3 teeth.. and hes got this really bad habbit of pulling on my nipple and its been causing bleeding, crakcing, and theyve been dry and itchy on top of that. He’s been showing signs hes ready for big boy food ( his big sister likes to feed him her food -.-) but he goes after her snacks and dowsnt gt sick if he does manage to get ahold of them.
Is it time to ween?
When did other bees ween their babies?
Post # 3
I would definitely ween!!
Post # 4
If you prefer breast milk but can no longer tolerate nursing, is it possible to pump & bottle your breastmilk, at least as a supplement during the transition?
Post # 5
Can you see a lactation consultant? I’ve been having tons of trouble breastfeeding (my little guy is only 6 weeks), and they’ve been awesome. Apparently my little guy’s mouth isn’t big enough to breastfeed (he has mild tongue-tie that can’t be fixed surgically), so I’ve been using a nipple shield. At the breastfeeding group I was at last week, the consultant said sometimes they introduce a nipple shield when the baby gets teeth if it’s causing pain. Just a thought!
Post # 6
@Jess1483: I havnt talked to a nurse or any kind o consultant yet but hes never had issues before, just since hes gotten his teeth hes been biting and i cant get hinm to stop n its causing more problems. Ive never heard of the nipple shield! I’ll look into it thanks!! =D
Post # 7
Check out la leche league international: http://www.llli.org/
edit: this is the page on biting: http://www.llli.org/faq/bite.html
Post # 8
@BlondeMissMolly: I have found LLL very helpful as well, and they are sometimes able to give more immediate advice if you can’t quickly contact a lactation consultant.
Post # 9
@myluverbuny: Please consult an LC before trying to use nipple shields.
Honestly? The “right” time to wean is whenever you decide it’s the right time.
Post # 10
@zippylef: Yes, I should have been clear–nipple shields should be used with the supervision of an LC. Thanks!
Post # 11
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Breast is best as long as you can manage it. I’d get some support to see if there is something you can do to alleviate your issues and there is no reason you cannot breastfeed and introduce food at the same time. If the problems become too much, then ween. You just have to do the best you can for as long as you cana nd not feel guilty when you have to move on.
Post # 12
I use the nipple shield with my 1 month old and love it. I have had any cracked nipples etc and he goes back and forth between the bottle and me with ease. Make sure you get the right size shields if you try that
Post # 13
I would ween. When my little girl was born she wouldn’t take to the breastfeeding so I’ve had to bottle feed her. There’s a certain stigma that goes around when a woman says she bottlefeeds but screw that. If she’s taking in food and gaining the proper weight that’s my concern, I miss having that special bonding that I was looking forward to and sometimes I do feel like a bit of a failure but there is nothing wrong with bottle feeding. Someone mentioned nipple shields, those things are amazing, we tried using one ourselves to see if she would latch so I have little experience with them but what I did get was very comfortable.