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19/09/2013 at 18:54
And i am not sure how i feel about it. Not sure i am really ready as P is my last child and i have enjoyed it this time round but there are lots of reasons why its the right time to stop.
I said i would bf P for the same time i bf G and that is 5 months, which P is on Saturday.
P has query cows milk allergy or lactose intolerance and is now on Nutrimigen milk. It will be much easier to diagnose if i am not bfing. I could go dairy free but i am veggie so would have to be careful with my diet and could mean P's diagnosis takes longer to get to and after 5 months of seeing her suffer I need it to stop for her asap.
Since my mum died H has been having the girls whilst i sort things out so she has had lots more formula. My milk supply is going down and she now only goes 2 hours on a bf instead of her usual 3.5.
So i know its the right time and i am so proud of myself for getting this far after being ready to quit after a week. I know i have done so well. But i feel so incredibly sad that this is it. The last week of ever having those wonderful moments with P. Its been a wonderful experience this time around and i will really miss it.
19/09/2013 at 20:14
It sounds like the right time but I totally understand not wanting to give it up and our girls are the same age.
S is my last baby and after not being able to feed I and having a tough start this time I just don't want it to end, I love doing it. I always thought people a bit odd when they said that before I had done it!
You have done an amazing job and if it will help diagnose her problems it is a no Brainer.
19/09/2013 at 20:29
I completely understanfd you feeling sad, i felt the same when i stopped feeding my P and she wasn't my last baby. You have done an absolutely fantastic job to get this far and you are stopping for all the right reasons.
Allow yourself to be a little sad, then give yourself a huge pat on the back, pour a glass of wine and look forward to the next stages with her.
19/09/2013 at 20:35
Mm like you said you have done so well when you think back to those early days... You Should be proud at the good start you have given her...
20/09/2013 at 11:09
Thanks everyone. Yes i am really proud of myself. Just hope P feels better for it x
20/09/2013 at 14:00
You've done so well! Well done xx
20/09/2013 at 14:59
Awe that made me well up! It is an extremely special thing to share with your baby and I feel very lucky we have been able to, and will also feel sad when it comes to an end. I hope though, that the advantages of stopping - working out her allergy and her being better for that, will help you feel ok about it soon.
You have had such a lot to deal with, losing your mum, that it might be good also to have one less thing tha only you can do and give you chance for some much needed rest.
Big hugs and remember you will still be sharing lots of special and intimate moments with P, things are only just beginning :) x
PS - Go get good and drunk! ;)
20/09/2013 at 15:11
Fwiw I think you're doing the best you can for her in the situation. I stopped exclusively expressing breast milk a 6 weeks for the milk allergy reason, it really upset me but I too am veggie and knew I couldn't sustain that diet. He's thrived since being on formula so it's not all bad x
20/09/2013 at 18:34
I'm another who had to give up BF due to cow's milk intolerance. I was expressing and had cut dairy out of my diet, but it became so difficult to manage with a toddler as well, nce she was happy on nutramigen, i swapped over and never looked back. S has thrived since being on nutramigen is now such a healthy, chubby baby. I had lots of guilt etc. at the time, but 6 months on I look back and know that I did my very best. She's my last baby too, so I cherish the memories of those few weeks I did exclusively BF and you will too. X
20/09/2013 at 18:48
Thanks everyone. It just seems like the right time to stop now we have finally been prescribed Nutrimigen. I know i would feel just as sad if i bf for another year so i dont feel like i am giving up too soon. Of course you are all right - there are many other wonderful and amazing moments to come and our journey is only really just starting.
On a happy note P giggled for the first time just now! The most beautiful sound! :-)
20/09/2013 at 21:12
You've done a great job & how exciting for the giggles, the most amazing sound in the world
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