Hi there ladies
I have a few questions about where we are with our Nursing relationship at this point. It would be great to hear other Mama's who BTDT and to know if this is all normal or what.
LO is almost 6 months old
Nursing, for the most part, has been the single most wonderful experience of my life! I see now how one can continue on into toddlerhood and beyond! It has continually gotten better and better for us. We did have some bumps in the road though, but once we got to 3 months it REALLY got so much better.
But I feel like the LO is so easily distracted these days... I mean, really distracted. Like, we cannot nurse in public. It's just NOT going to happen. And even at home. It has to be dark, quiet and only when he is ready for a nap.And so ok. I just deal with it and as long as this is normal I'm cool with it. And some days, I can barely get him to nurse after 3-4 hours!!! I mean, I have ALWAYS nursed on request. This has been going on since 3 months, but it goes back and forth. I am hoping my supply wont be affected? I just don't feel like we nurse very much anymore. ? I haven't been trying to worry too much, but it has slowly gotten worse since 3 months. And I feel like my supply started regulating at that time. Not very full anymore...etc. but for some reason, it just worries me. My letdowns are like - 'soft' now and less forceful. And sometimes I don't feel them.
(ETA: Weight gain and output has always been fine. )
We are starting BLS/BLW soon as well! I have read and keep finding great resources for this, but I still feel clueless! I know to offer to nurse before. How much should they be eating of solids though, as we are just beginning? How does that affect my supply?
(ETA: OK- this is really burning me up! My Mom is telling me that LO is so HUNGRY and it's breaking her heart to see him reach for food. Ok, like he is very interested when were eating, and curious. Grabbing for it and such. But is he really HUNGRY for real food? This just does not sit right with me or make sense. I have had to stick to my guns in tough situations with fam who struggle with my approaches. And they dont even realize it, ya know! This is really bringing me down, because my Mom is the best and has helped me so. )
Also, we have never done bottles. Should I worry about introducing one at this point or just try a sippy cup? (If I gave a sippy of EBM, to play and try out, do I still need to pump?) I am getting another flare up of criticism from fam about no bottle. And in an emergency, I am wondering secretly too? I am just not very confident about certain things although I dont see any point now?
Seems like we are turning a corner and just need some reassurance.:
Thanks for the advice! I am just at another stage and I find all of your input invaluable!