Hello ladies. My baby girl has always been EBF baby. She is 8 months 3 weeks old and has always hit her weight gain. My question is simple. As she is getting older And sleeping longer stretches through the night, I'm concerned about night feedings. I know prolactin levels are at the highest at night it's very important to nurse through the night, so milk increases. We've always nursed 2-3 times nightly. However; now since she hit 7mos/2 weeks it's been usually once like around 5:30-6 am. I personally think this is way too long. I know that's every parents dream when baby is finally sleeping longer. Seems I'm backwards. Do I wake her even if she doesn't wake, so I can feed her. Do I wake and just pump like when she use to at 2-4-am I'm really worried about this. I've noticed sometimes my nipples now are hard , what does that mean? My goal is to breastfeed till she's 2 years old. I am concerned now that this will decrease my supply if we nurse only once. Any advice on what other mamas are doing would be great. How are you making this work? And has your supply decreased at all?
Oh, I also wanted advice on solids schedule and how often you give? I know that's another way to wean baby off milk, so I'm just trying to get in a rhythm that will best suit my daughter and I. If it was up to me I wouldn't start solids till after a year. She seems interested in what we put in our mouths. I have noticed since starting solids or since her first tooth came at 7 months in my opinion doesn't nurse as long anymore. Than again could also be cause at this age babies are very distracted. And that's my baby girl. God forbid dad or older brother pass by or dogs bark. She will throw her head back nursing stops. I offer again couple mins later, but it's challenging. I really don't want her to wean herself. I'm always stressing over this. There really is no need for me to pimp because I never leave her and she's EBF baby. Please anything to help. Or is this pretty normal? I do notice breast are not really hard or engorged at night since she's skipping her 1-2 nursing sessions. Totally freakish me out. Does this mean I'm losing supply? Ugh it's frustrating me. What has worked for you ladies and your little darlings. All advice is welcome!
I'm very conflicted because she's almost 9 months and we do every other day solids. I know the doctor wouldn't agree, but I don't want her to wean off her main supply mamas milk. How much solids is good? She's never had a problem pooping. Until we started introducing solids. It seems! The last 2 weeks or so she's been constipated. I don't know if that's because she's not use to solids or because I had been more open with my diet. What I mean. When she was born up in till about her 7 month I pretty much weeded out lots of foods that supposedly can cause baby gases. Around her 7 month I just starting eating things in normally would stay away from. So if mamas could tell me how they incorporate solids into their babies lives and still keep BF a success.
One more question: what kinds of solids should my daughter be eating at this age?
Thanks mamas for the advise.