Breastfeeding can be a wonderful bonding experience with your little one, but it can be equal parts frustrating, tiring, and challenging. That’s one reason it’s important to find humor in the ridiculousness of it all.
Breastfeeding can be a rewarding experience and another great opportunity to bond with your baby throughout the day. That doesn’t mean it’s simple by any means, though. The breastfeeding process can pose challenges to even the most confident mom that can make you ask, “What am I doing?!” You might not produce enough milk, you might have trouble with latching or you might be overwhelmed by the idea of breastfeeding in public.
A mom writes in asking for advice about her 8-month-old baby. She says her baby still wakes up three times a night, and the only thing that will get her back to sleep is breastfeeding/nursing. This mom says her daughter eats (solid food) at about 6 every night, is put down for sleep around 7:30, but wakes up three times a night and needs to nurse in order to fall back asleep. This mom is tempted to start the switch to formula to see if that helps change this behavior, but she doesn’t want to give up breastfeeding just yet, if possible.
A mom writes in asking for advice about breastfeeding. She says her 5-week-old baby, who has been breastfed since birth, recently started getting severe stomach pains and gas and acts as if he’s still hungry immediately after a feeding. Her supply is not an issue, but she is wondering if maybe her diet is affecting things. She is concerned her baby is not getting the proper nutrients to need and is wondering if she should supplement with formula.
My son is almost two y.o. And I am still breastfeeding, aka human pacifier. I’m so over it. He eats regular food and is just using me as a crutch. I can’t get him off of me. He uses me to go to sleep, and when he wakes, he also wakes up three times a night just so I can pacifier him back to sleep. He won’t take a pacifier or a bottle. He won’t drink ANY kind of milk, and we are having problems keeping his weight up. PLEASE PLEASE HELP. My husband thinks I’m neurotic constantly feeding him or cooking for him because of him falling behind on the growth curve. Plus I’m a SAHM. How can I get this kid off of me? Anonymous Community MemberThis question was asked by a Facebook community member who has asked to remain anonymous.