Re: Attempting to wean my almost 6 month old!! I need ideas!
Have you been tested since you gave birth? I'm a big believer in postpartum testing for thyroid issues, since about 5% of women experience postpartum thyroiditis and the percentage is probably higher if you just look at women who have a preexisting thyroid condition.
Well, the thyroid wasn't tested until the beginning of my first pregnancy and balanced itself out during pregnancy. There were no issues present, I just knew I had symptoms of an issue a year prior and I was concerned!
Would it help to know that this intense attachment is temporary? At 6 months, most babies are as attached as they are ever going to be- and it doesn't really matter how you feed them. They are designed to want mommy all the time, because they instinctively know that she is their ideal caregiver.
I am just really at a loss on what to do, I mean honestly it wouldn't kill me to keep nursing, I could I just don't want to. I love my baby being attached to me except she was so attached I couldn't catch a 5 minute break
So you don't want to drink AT ALL while nursing? If so, I think you need to give yourself permission to let go of that particular fear. I'm convinced that unreasonably high standards about what moms can eat, drink, and do during breastfeeding is one of the reasons that so few moms make it to the recommended 1 year minimum of nursing. No booze. No broccoli, dairy, chocolate, or coffee. No underwire bras. When a mom has to be purer than Mother Theresa, she's just going to end up resenting nursing as the source of all these huge limitations!
She absolutely would not take a bottle until about a week ago and I don't drink excessively, but I do enjoy a few drinks here and there and I absolutely do not want to drink while nursing I don't care what people say about pumping and dumping and waiting it out, it makes me feel extremely uncomfortable.
A drink while nursing, especially with an older baby, is not such a big deal. Just nurse first, then have the drink, and by the time you're no longer feeing tipsy, your milk is fine for the baby.
You mentioned not being able to have dairy- so what sort of formula are you using? Unless you're using soy-based formula, you're giving your baby more dairy protein via bottle than you possible could via nursing.
I'm glad you've found a workable balance. Retaining those before-bed sessions is a great way to keep the nursing relationship going, and it's a fantastic mothering tool! Nursing can get you through so many of the first year's challenges- the teething, the difficulties with sleep, and when your LO starts walking, the skinned knees and bumps to the head.
I think for now, I may leave it like it is. I am mostly formula feeding her during the day, unless she absolutely refuses anything but breast, and putting her to bed at night by nursing.
A lot of nursing moms would tell you that while they're nursing, their breasts feel off-limits, sexually. It's just too weird for a lot of moms.
The baby in the bed, btw doesn't cause issues with intimacy as far as my husband is concerned... he doesn't mind sharing one boob with the baby! LOL but I am not sure how I feel about taking it that far!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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