- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I have 3 separate stories.
Ds1, who is nearly 15 ack! I breastfed him for a few months. I would have until he self weaned but it was 15 years ago and a small baby born to a teen mom MUST have meant failure to thrive and I felt forced to stop and formula feed him. Never mind I was certain he had reflux and that is why he was not gaining quickly. Pretty sure projectile vomit no matter what he ate isn’t normal. He didn’t gain any faster on formula btw. 20.8lbs at 1 yr. I was literally exploding with milk and could pump full bottles in minutes but whatever.
DS2, 12 this week! I nursed him until he self weaned at 11.5 mos. He was smaller than my 1st at the same point as they pressured me to quit and not a word was said. Amazing how far things can come in less than 3 years. I breastfed him through a 4 month fight with thrush. He was and is a very demanding child. He ate every 1.5 hours for at least 20 minutes. He almost sucked the life out of me! ha ha But nothing was going to stop me. lol He was 21lbs at 1 year.
DD, nearly 5! I nursed her as soon as she was breathing slow enough and did so for 13 months when she self weaned. I planned to go for 24. I hear it cuts breast cancer risks significantly but who knows. It was the 1st time I had worked and nursed. Some days were hard but overall it was the easiest, most fulfilling 13 months of my life. If I was stressed at work I didn’t always pump enough so we did supplement for a couple months but it never effected her nursing. She was my smallest at 17lbs at 1yr.
Good luck with your decision. Don’t get discouraged by others and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make it work. As long as your baby is healthy and happy, it doesn’t really matter how they were fed in the long run.
Wanted to add that I did not see a lactation consultant with my 1st. I went every single week to a support group led by a Lactation Consultant with my 2nd. And went as often as I could with my 3rd. She was the best source of support ever and I credit her with keeping me strong through nursing DS2.