Wean Preparation & Mixed Feelings
So I'm not really sure where to begin. I have been EBF my son Noah since birth he is now 8 months old and we are doing baby led weaning/feeding. He seems to enjoy eating and playing with food. The problem is that I am really struggling with the idea of continuing to BF. I've been offered a new position at my work which will force me to place my son in a two day a week program. I am actually excited about this because I will get to work out, have some me time, and really I am glad he will eb around other babies and get to socialize. What I'm not excited about is the BF part. We don't have any storage milk because for 6mo. I've had an excess lipase issue. The idea of pumping enough (I only get about two ounces when pumping in the morning first thing), is nauseating to me. Having to clean all of those parts, the time it takes for both my hands to be busy. Anyway, I know I'm preaching to the choir here...but I just feel like throwing my hands in the air and going to formula. I feel very passionate about BF. But I AM EXHAUSTED. Noah wakes up at least four-five times a night, we can never go on dates bc we don't have any stored milk, and I'm always having to nurse in the bathroom in public bc he is incredibly distracted. And does anyone else have the problem of their LO eating less when they are out all day. Our Church is kind of far so we don't get home until around 1pm on Sundays, and he is up eating all night bc he doesn't eat much during the day.
Anyway...I'm just looking for some advice. And my husband really doesn't want me to wean yet. But he can't really understand since I'm the one up all night, and home all day. I miss my full dedication at work, right now I'm coming home in between sessions to feed. We want to make it to a 12 mo. So if that's the case...when do we attempt to give a bottle? I want him to be comfortable and feel good about weaning and not shock him in to it. Should we use formula at first and switch to cows milk when he turns one? How many meals a day and how much cows milk do they need at 12 mos.? Also...how did you find the night weaning work? I'm not even sure how to begin night weaning. Did this help your babies sleep better? Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you.
Proud Mom of Noah
Born: October 17, 2013
7 lbs. 8 oz // 21 inches long