A concerned father here reading all the great helpful information and experiences on this forum. We have a 1 year old daughter who is actually our second girl. Her birth gave us the opportunity to discover that "high needs" babies do indeed exist in this world.
We believe in nursing the kids for obvious reasons. And the first one was a piece of cake. But Laila, our second, has been tough from the start. She needs constant attention and keeps my wife "sore" all day and night. Recently we found out that she's gonna have another baby. But there's been debates over whether orn ot she should try to continue breastfeeding. Our doctor advises against it but without any real reasons.
Our pregnancies usually go very well from beginning to end and we opt for C-section every time. Last week we decided to try weaning because Laila was just playing with it for comfort and it was just getting too uncomfortable for the wife at night. That didnt go over well, because Laila has become a complete terror when she gets tired. Nothing works. She screams like night terrors. It will go on for hours and her will is stronger than you would think. Just putting her on the boob cures it.
So anyway, today we gave in and put her back on there. It had been a week since the last time and she was actually a little confused at first. But, that lasted 5 seconds. But, its like she uses it for "re-charging" and gets up and runs again. She takes short naps. If she wakes during a nap, the wife has to lie down and hook her up. She's verrrry high needs you know.
My concern here is whether or not it is really unadvisable to continue breastfeeding. If complications do come around, what happens then? Its beyond tiresome to carry a baby around for hours straight just to get her quiet. The wife says she drying up so there really isnt anything to the feeding anymore.