I have a DS (11 yrs old) who nursed for 18 months and a DD (7 yrs old) who weaned at about 2 1/2 yrs. Both were avid co-sleepers and loved to be worn. Our new "bonus baby" is 4 weeks and loves to nurse. She is thriving and has never had a bottle or pacifier.
The trouble...I have an autoimmune disease that may have been thrown out of remission after birth - blood work taken this week will confirm or deny. It's a possibility that I may have to go back on meds that are not good for baby and pass through milk. I have an appointment with my endo and her ped this week to discuss our possibilities. My hope is that I'm feeling just exhaustion and post-partum stuff, not my old disease rearing it's ugly head.
The reality is I may have to wean her. I'd like to do it gradually (over 2-3 weeks) if my doc thinks I can wait for meds that long. Tips on intoducing bottles (neither of my others EVER took a bottle)? Tips on managing engorgment (I have a lot of milk)?
I'm very emotional over this, although I want to mentally prepare for this possibility. She will continue to be worn and co-sleep and all the other attachment parenting stuff.
Any advice? Encouragement?