Hello, I'm new here and I'm looking for some support. I'm bf'ing my 3rd child. She's almost 7 months old which is just about the age when I stopped bf'ing my first two. I vowed this time that I would go longer and never give her formula (I thought I nurse longer the last time too). I now remember WHY I stopped nursing the other two. She seems to be losing interest and is very easily distracted. My older two are 3 & 4 and when I'm nursing around them, she is constantly pulling away to see what they are doing (they can be somewhat loud as most preschoolers are). Nursing elsewhere is not an option, as I cannot leave them downstairs and go upstairs. I also worry that she isn't getting much anymore, although I realize that this is probably untrue. I always feel empty and when I pump, either soon after nursing or sometime between feedings, I get almost nothing. I do realize that babies are efficient nursers and the body makes what is demanded of it but I still worry about what she's getting. She is being fed solids 3 times a day. I wonder if her feeding schedule is interfering? Is there an ideal feeding schedule for a 7 month old? Here is our schedule:
4:30-5 cereal/veggie or meat&veg combo
Then she goes right to bed but still wakes at least once during the night for a feeding. I know she should be sleeping through the night by now but her crib is still in our room (hubby is almost finished renovating her room), and I think she will sleep better in her own room, hopefully by the end of this week.
Anyway, sorry this is so long but I'm just hoping for some encouragement to continue nursing for at least a year, maybe longer. I don't know if her schedule is good or if there is something else I can do to keep going. Thanks for any suggestions!