Thursday, August 11, 2005

Breastfeeding and weightloss

Well it seems my time breastfeeding Amelia is coming to a close. I have been having supply issues for a while but it's gotten a lot worse. Even in the morning I don't have much milk for her and that used to be the best time. Over the last few weeks I've tried all sorts of stuff, pumping after feedings to increase my supply, drinking lots of water, adding oatmeal, more fatty dairy and other things into my diet. I have been drinking mother's milk tea as well. So far nothing has worked. I will nurse her long enough to empty both sides, and then she just screams because she is hungry. Rather than continuing to feel like a constant failure I think I'm just going to accept it. I'll continue offering her my milk first then when it's gone move on to only the bottles. I have some frozen milk as well so she will continue to get BM for a while. My original goal was to try it for a month. Once I reached a month it became 6 months. She is now 6.5 months old so at least I did make it that far. She is also to the point where she can handle formula, not like when she was born. So I guess the decision has been made for me.

Weight loss. Another decision I have made is to get serious about losing my extra weight. Especially now that I'm not breastfeeding, I don't have to worry so much about cutting calories and exercising. So far I have lost 30 lbs, (which was my original goal) but thats just the tip of the iceburg, so I have to make my next goal. I have a lot of weight to lose and setting it in small increments seems to make it easier and not so overwhelming.

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Brianna said...

BFing for 6 months is awesome!! You did a great job.

Nicky said...

I agree, 6 months is awesome! WTG! I found with Emily that she was ready for solids by 6 months, so I would nurse her and then feed her some solids. It helped with the "feeling full". I never felt engorged much, at that point either, so I don't know if maybe that's why you think you're supply is dwindling...it might be fine, just that your body is used to it. I was still nursing her twice a day by the time she was just past 13 months (and they were only like 10 minute sessions...really quick). When she *finally* would drink from something else, I weaned her. LOL Okay, I'll stop babbling now...!