I need some help, I feel like I am about to jump off the ledge, into formula land.
My sweet baby boy is 8 months on July 4th. Our nursing relationship is outstanding, I mean, nearly perfect. So why am I on the ledge? Here's a little info - I work full time, but work from home 2 days per week. So, on the days I am at the office, I pump. I usually pump twice in the 8 hour period and get about 10-12 ounces total from both breasts in about 10-15 minutes - no issues there. So, I generally pump Monday for Wednesday (home Tuesday) and Wednesday for Friday (home Thursday) and Friday for the following Monday. Early on, I managed to get a freezer stash of about 25-30 (4-6 oz bags). Some days at work, I am not able to pump twice, so this has caused my hubby to have to dip into the freezer stash. This has all been working out well. Until this week. All of the sudden, the baby doesn't want to drink from a bottle. About 2 weeks ago, we went on a family vacation, so there was no bottles at all. This had no impact immediately following vacation...so I am not sure if that is it.
Yesterday, for example, I fed him at 7:45 am, he wouldn't eat a bottle at all during the day and then once I got home, he was famished and ate like a champ. BUT THEN...he wanted to eat all. night. long. We were up at least every two hours last night. I AM SOOO TIRED! He munched on a little bit of peas and mangos, but didn't have much interest. This is very weird, he's quite the eater. 23.5 pounds at 8 months!!!
He does have a little bit of a sore throat, so the doc said he might not be to interested in eating. I get that and I anticipated that, but its weird that he won't take a bottle, won't eat his solids (which he loves), but will nurse like a champ!
I keep going back and forth as to whether its just time to end the nursing relationship or not. Obviously, he's still getting enough to eat, still pees and poops like crazy.
We are going on an adult only vacation in September (he will be 10 months old) and with my freezer stash dwindling and me too exhausted to have extra time to pump (also have a 5 yr old and 4 yr old too), I am worried there will not be enough of my milk saved for him in September.