I am so grateful to be able to ask questions of this smart group of mamas.
My daughter is 10 months old. We EBF until 7 months when I started very slowly introducing solids. Frankly I was surprised I made it that far considering weekly plugged ducts and other issues that made BF-ing really painful for the first 4-5 months.
Basically, from day one my baby uses the breast for food (not comfort) and if milk is not readily available, she gives up. She never "cues" hunger and is SO easily distracted that we can't nurse anywhere but home, in bed. So nursing for us has been very limiting rather than liberating. But I've stuck it out. My daughter had serious surgery at 4 months old and I credit breast milk for helping her stay free of infections, etc.
Because it seems to be up to me to offer rather than be asked, I offer the breast every 3-4 hours. She will not nurse unless I am slightly "full" which, at 10 months, is a sensation I hardly feel anymore. So I have concerns about supply too. But sometimes she just won't nurse, even if it's been 5 hours. I try and try but since we have to nurse at home there are many times when I can't keep trying and we need to get on with our day. So I will end up pumping (while stressed and rushed) and give her what I pump in a straw cup. The whole process takes HOURS and I wish there was a way to break this cycle. Do I need to boost supply to keep her interested? Should I just see how long she goes on her own before she will nurse?
Everyone (family, friends, pedi) are telling me she's "weaning" but in my heart I don't think she is. I just think we are out of sync. I really want to make this work. I am teary and stressed about it every day because I just don't know what to do.
Thanks in advance for any help.