Kimberly - posted on 01/18/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I stopped breastfeeding my 16 month old daughter at 5 months, but not because I wanted to! When she was born she latched on perfectly from the start and we had no problems. She wanted to eat every hour and a half for the first 4 weeks and I fed her on demand, but everyone told me she was eating too frequently. After the first 4 weeks she started eating every 2 - 2 1/2 hours and she finally stretched out to about every 3 hour feedings by the time she was 4 months old and she was still waking 2-4 times in the night. I decided to start pumping my milk so I could see how much she was actually drinking and then my husband could help with the night feedings as well. I pumped constantly, right after feedings and inbetween feedings, but by the time she was 5 months old I was getting very little out of the pump and she was getting very upset while at the breast! I had to start supplementing with formula and within two weeks I couldn't get any milk out at all.
What did I do wrong? Was I not producing enough milk to begin with? Is that why she was feeding so often? Or did the pumping cause something to go wrong? My husband and I are getting ready to try for our second child this year and I plan on breastfeeding that baby as well. I'd like to avoid this problem the second time around as I'd at LEAST like to breastfeed for 6 months. Any advice is appreciated!!