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Baby & I are both frustrated. Is this the end?

Anonymous

My LO is 14 months. She is still nursing 3-4 times a day. The past week or so her morning feed lasts maybe 3-4 mins of struggling and fussing. She refuses then I feed her some breakfast and water in a cup eventually. Pretty much all her nursing sessions she’s becoming fussy and on and off the breast with a paci break in between all the fussing. She nurses no more than 5-10 mins and it’s typically become a struggle with her. When I pump I only get maybe 1/2 oz both sides. Is she trying to tell me she is done or is my milk supply drying up and it is frustrating her? I usually only pump in the morning if she doesn’t nurse well, during her nap if I can sneak away and at night after she is in bed but I’m not even getting enough to stash a bottle worth away.

  • April
    Nov 06

    My first gave up on me after we introduced the bottle. Just, totally lost interest. So it may be time to consider formula and (if your doctor approves) cow/goats milk.

  • Kerry
    Nov 06

    From what you have said it sounds like your supply is low and shes frustrated. I never breastfed with mine due to starting meds so im just going by what you said. Have you tried hand expressing sometimes people dont get as much from a pump? If you want to continue longer id try pumping or getting her to nurse more frequently. So then your telling your body to make more.

  • Lily
    Nov 06

    Sounds like you are drying up. If you want to keep breastfeeding, I would start drinking a ton of water and pumping a couple times a day for 30 minutes. Mine is 14 months, I breastfeed her, only for her nap and at night. Sometimes once during the day. I don’t pump at all, so I have no idea how much I have. But I would get your milk back up and then limit her to naps and bed time.

  • Caitie
    Nov 06

    My supply fell quite a lot when I got pregnant. I think I was not even really producing milk any more, but my (now 14 month old) kept nursing I guess for comfort around nap and bed time. It was frustrating for us for a little bit, especially because I was so tender. Like you, I tried to pump but got only tiny drops (1/2 oz total, when I used to get 8oz per side). I seem to have begun producing again, and I chalk it up to drinking more water and not stressing about it. Once I made peace with the idea that this might be it, our troubles stopped. Easier said than done, I know. Keep trying with the 5-10 minutes and see how it goes.