Hi Everyone, [sorry this is long]
thanks for all your previous support, im not a regular poster but im always reading the forums for advice.
My DD is nearly 5months and im still breastfeeding; Im really proud of myself. I always said during my pregnancy that I would never breastfeed, I dont know why exactly but I think I was due to my contact with my SIS who both breastfed but seemed to have a really rough time with it, so I assumed that It wasnt for me. Even at my 20week appt, I remember telling the midwife, that I wasnt breastfeeding when she asked. I think I thought that I was going to be pressurized into it and that made me turn the other way.My husband didnt have any influence in decision, he has always said it was my decision
So basically I went to all anti natal classes breastfeeding was last class,I was 31 weeks pregnant at this stage and I remember thinking that the class was going to be awful, just someone trying to force their opinion.This was the changing point for me, I found the class brilliant, the midwife was lovely; no pressure just all information. Thats when I said to my husband I had changed my mind, I owed it to myself to try it and have my own experience of breastfeeding instead of being influenced.
He was surprised because he knew that I was certain about not BF. I also didnt want to put too much pressure on myself so even though I had decided to Bf, if it didnt work out for whatever reason that I would not beat myself up. I really dont know why I was so against BF but in the end I didnt have a chance to think about it.When DD was born she was put up on my belly and I held her up close to me and she nuzzled into my breast and she latched straight away. It was just so amazing to see how satified she was after her little feed and her little milk/colostrum milk moustache.
Sorry this is so long,
Reading back on my previous post for advice, im ashamed. When DD was 3mts I caved into pressure from comments from people and I honestly thought I was doing something wrong[1st time mother]. The usual q's is she sleeping, R you still feeding her at night? I am ashamed to say I put my previously demand fed baby on a routine. I thought I was doing the right thing. I initially used it to make sure DD wasnt getting overtired because I wasnt sure how long she was able to stay awake for and not keep her up too long, I was getting confused.
From just wanting to help with naps to following the routine to the letter, we did this for 3 weeks, it worked like a dream but I was so uncomfortable about restricting my baby and letting a book decide how to look after her. Her weight gain stopped during this period I noticed this at her check up but Im happy to report that we are back to demand feeding and I think I was doubting myself and jumped the gun because I didnt realise she had her own little pattern and its ever changing but she knows best.
So thats where we are at the moment, nearly 5mts BF, was back to work nearly a month ago and DD is geting bottles of breastmilk when Im not with her and I feed her in the mornings before she goes and during the evening and night. Im lucky because I chose how I work and still pay the bills and get the best of both worlds.My minder is my cousin and she is well informed about my decision to breastfeed, how to fed her with bottles and she is totally happy to follow babys lead.
I want to continue to Bf as long as possible, we are going on hols to portugal when DD is 6 1/2mts and I intend to carry on breastfeeding exclusively on holidays[think I read somewhere that they drink more often for shorter to get more foremilk to keep them hydrated].
Im wondering after that when to introduce solids, Im happy to do this after 7mts or when DD seems interested but as was said before 'food before 1 is for fun'; I just want to get information for when DD shows interest, how do I go about it and when to introduce sippy cup, would you heat breastmilk still in the cup? do they need any other liquids?