With my first two children, Fizz (6) and Jedi (1) our breastfeeding journey ended around 9 months. As Beatlebum turns 6 months I’m wondering if extending breastfeeding is right for both of us. This is my final breastfeeding journey after all.
We started trying Beatlebum on formula around 3 months so that we could have a night out a month as a couple. He had been having a couple of oz here and there but never anything more or in a routine. So at 3 months we decided that each night he would have a bottle but over the course of a week we noticed him changing a lot.
He’d already had a few intestinal issues and some cranio for some symptoms before, we had also been trying homeopathic remedies helped by a pratictioner at Neals Yard.
Beatlebum showed a lot of signs of Cows Milk Allergy. He was so congested a lot. And only after a bottle. He would pull his legs up in tummy pain. His active reflux ramped up too. He was unhappy and after conversations with friends I was pretty sure that it was CMPA.
I called out Dr and was told a weeks wait for an appointment. Desperate to try something to help Beatlebum we tried reflux milk and wysoy until a group I was in told me about the affects of Soy on boys. Apparently it can affect fertility. We stopped all formula and I went back to exclusive feeding again. I would pump but in all honestly with little time around the children as it is I’ve put off that road.
We’ve now been to the Dr and at 6 months we are waiting for an appointment with a paediatric nutritionist before we move forward. My Dr gave me the ‘can’t you just breastfeed until the appointment comes through’ and where as I am lucky enough to be able to I do wonder about parents that fall through the net and their babies won’t be thriving. As it is Beatlebum is small but he’s sleeping, eating and happy so I’m lucky there.
As we wait for this appointment I’m still feeding but also weaning on fruit or veg only purrees, I’ve tried to cut down dairy quite a bit and as you can imagine that is hard! Although oddly it affects Beatlebum a minimal amount if I do have the odd milky tea here and there.
So with all this I do think extended breastfeeding is an option. If I can get the pumping down I know I don’t have to be a slave to the breast plus with feeds having more space between it doesn’t feel as relentless as it once did. He is definitely not as demanding as his siblings were for their milk hit that’s for sure!
Did you extend breastfeeding? Please do let me know any tips!