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Confused feelings on feeding

Sep 15th, 2017, 16:38 PM   #1
This is not so much a question but me just opening up on feelings! My baby is 5 weeks on Sunday and I mainly BF with the occasional formula bottle. This is because I struggled to express and needed my husband to help with feeds. I don't find BF a bonding experience like some mums do, for me it's draining and can make me feel down at times. I want to carry on as long as possible and fingers crossed express more. I have already been thinking of when I can start weaning (4-5 months if baby is ready) because I want to take off the pressure of BF. I know I could add more formula feeds but the midwife said once made it lasts for 2 hours so I have no idea how people manage to regularly feed without having get to make up fresh bottles when the baby shows signs of being hungry. Surely there is a way to prepare bottles in advance to a certain extent! I do feel pressured to mainly breastfeed so don't want to let anyone down especially my baby but I don't know if I can BF for another 5/6 months or longer!
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Sep 15th, 2017, 17:41 PM   #2
Get some fenugreek or something to up your supply. I had bad supply and that got me to stop early. I used ready made milk as I had no idea when he needed feeding at that age and it dried up my supply pretty quick.

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Oct 9th, 2017, 20:47 PM   #3
Kimi89 - Don't worry about what anyone else thinks, do what it right for you.
Do you have access to a breastfeeding support group? If you do, I would recommend going. I find that its great to talk to other moms. The group I go to are very open and I find that a lot of my worries/struggles are the same as others in the group. Its a nice to be able to discuss the good and bad aspects of breastfeeding with people who won't judge you.

From my own experience, breastfeeding got a lot easier after 2 months. This is when my son started to feed less often, so he was no longer permanently attached to me

If you decide that breastfeeding isn't right for you, don't fixate on it. A happy mommy equals a happy baby.
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