Very Emotional At Thought Of Weaning!

Shannon - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I've been breastfeeding my baby since her birth and everything was going great until I had a severe case of mastitis that put me in the hospital for 4 days. The whole time I was in there she took bottles of breast milk that I luckily had frozen. She never had formula! Yay! She's back to nursing and now I'm having trouble keeping my supply up so I've been on and off the domperidone while drinking the mothers milk tea. The thought of her weaning or me not being able to nurse her due to supply issues is very emotional for me. It's almost like an anxiety attack at the thought of not nursing. It's all I know how to do! Is this a normal emotion when it comes to weaning or am I going nuts?!

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Shannon - posted on 11/09/2009

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Yea they told me at the hospital that my nipples were too big and her mouth too small so I might as well just put her on formula. Then one nurse threatened me that if I couldn't get her to latch on she would give her formula! I complained (after I cried!) and she's no longer employed there! I've went through every hurdle possible to nurse and I'm so close to the end and I feel as though if I would quit now and go to formula that I'm failing her in some way. Crazy thinking, maybe, but what's wrong with doing everything possible to keep her on the breast?! It's the best!!

Rachel - posted on 11/08/2009

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Omg! I though I was a freak for thinking that way. I was told by so many people that I should just give up when my son had nipple confusion and that i should switch to formula when he lost a little weight his first week. and again when my milk was coming out too fast. you know what i did? i told my job i wouldnt be back for 6 months and ditched the bottles completley learned to nurse laying down. it was so important for me to breastfeed my son and it was difficult not having much support from family/friends. its really too bad but alot of people don't even try to bf. they go strait to formula.sorry for ranting :)

Pam - posted on 11/07/2009

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I hope you can breastfeed again it saounds like 1 extreme to another. It is normal to be upset about giving up the breast. I stopped at 3 months with my 1st son and regreted it. But it is not your fault. Cheer up and stay positive .. Bottles are not all bad. There are positives both ways.

Rebecca - posted on 11/07/2009

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Thats too bad, at least they had you pumping! And good on you for wanting to try everything to give your baby your breastmilk! I really hope that things work out for you and start looking up!!!

Shannon - posted on 11/07/2009

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Yea I couldn't nurse in the hospital because of the 2 IV antibiotics and oral antibiotic I was on, but they did have me pumping every 2 hours. The only time she gets bottled milk is at day care. I go off the domperidone in a few days and I'm hoping that my supply will stay. I guess in a worse case scenerio I'll live on that medicine until she's a year because I'd rather spend the money on that then on formula. I absolutely want her to have NO FORMULA!!!

Rebecca - posted on 11/07/2009

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Unfortunately for most women it is a natural feeling. The feeling of not being wanted, or being able to comfort your baby the only way you really know how. What was the reason they wouldnt let you nurse in the hospital? One of the best things for mastitis is to continue to nurse to release and prevent any blockages which may cause mastitis, even if on antibiotics. It sounds like you are doing all the right things to increase your supply, maybe you can try pumping for at least 10 mins after each feed? Also put baby to the breast as much as possible, even just skin to skin contact by carrying her in a sling, co-sleep with her so she can nurse while you sleep (she will probably nurse better and longer when she is sleepy) Just try and relax as much as you can, if you are stressed baby will feel this and not want to nurse. Stop offering her bottles and only let her nurse, she may be fussy or hungry for a few days but your supply will increase and it will lessen. This is hard but the easiest way to increase your supply, every time you give a bottle it takes away from the time she should be spending at the breast. It will happen and she will come around and begin to enjoy it as much as she did before.

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