What to do when your body changes.

Laura - posted on 01/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I gave birth to my daughter on October 23rd. 6 weeks after her birth, I had my first period (I had stopped bleeding for about a week previous) and just finished my second last week. Obviously not normal, and I'm not on birth control nor is there any chance that I'm pregnant again. After that first period I noticed that my milk production had slowed down a bit. I took her to the local clinic to get weighed on Tuesday, and she had lost 2 ozs. I haven't been exclusively breastfeeding for a few weeks (she'd been needing 2oz top-ups in the evenings but would never take it from me). That night, she took her first ever bottle of formula from me, and has refused to nurse since. In fact, if I over her a breast she screeches.

Is it possible that because my cycle restarted so soon that the flavor of my milk has changed? And in a sense, because of that she's decided to self-wean?

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Sinead - posted on 01/17/2009

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If she refuses to take you breast, why dont you try expressing into a bottle? That way she will recieve all the good nutrients.

Rachel - posted on 01/17/2009

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  NO your period wouldn't cause your milk to change.  And your cycle is going to change a lot while your hormones get back to normal.  You are perfectly normal.  Six weeks after birth is just fine to start your period.  Now you can always schedule an app w/ your ob or midwife if you're still concerned. Also, you can get pregnant now so start using contraceptives.



Now about the feedings.  Your baby is always going to like the bottle better than the breast b/c its a faster delivery.  If you want to breast feed STOP w/ the bottle feedings.  It will never be enjoyable and will ALWAYS be a fight if you give bottles.  If your going back to work and plan to pump start pumping now-a lot.  It will help to establish your milk.  In fact if you're worried about your milk production you can pump and it will help.  You will produce as much milk as your baby needs.  Good luck!

Tina - posted on 01/17/2009

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I don't think your milk should tast different to her just because of your period.  I think she just prefers the bottle since it's immediate food.  she doesn't have to wait for your let down.  Know what I mean?  Are you married?  Could you try having your husband or someone else feed her the formula, and then you try nursing again on the next feeding?  That way she only associates you with breast and not both.  Hope that helps.

Kristina - posted on 01/16/2009

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first of all all babies go through the stage that they dont want to eat. so that could be it for her. and they do tend to lose some weight. 2 oz is however nothing really to worry about.



as for the peroids, i got mine quickly after delivering as well. and it didnt seem to change the taste to my son. the only thing that changed the taste was the i was pregnant again, to my surprise 2.5 months after delivering.



with the formula, it could be that she is just filling up more and the less you nurse the less your body will produce. that is normal.



if you are still worried go to your local clinic or call the help line they give you when you leave the hospital and talk to them. the clinic would be better so the nurses could assess the baby right there. and you can get all the answers you need, or take her to her doctor.

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2009

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I dont think that would be the case. She just wants the esier way to get food, a baby has to work harder to get milk from your breast. You could look at it like this, babies generally sleep through the night faster when bottle fed. They just get all the milk they want and are more content. Dont feel bad I only got 4 days into breast feeding before my son just wanted the bottle. Your daughter already got the most nutritous part, the first stuff that comes out of your breast before you get actual milk in.

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