8.5 mos - supplementing and irritability
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|Tue, 04-20-2010 - 1:29pm|
Hi - my daughter is 8.5 months old, and we breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months. There were a few times when my supply was a little low - most likely due to me not drinking enough water or taking an antidepressant.
At 6 months, when we started cereal, I began using formula to mix with the cereal, and supplementing for weekend overnight feedings - when my mom would keep my daughter overnight so that I could get some much needed rest. As you might guess, a little supplementing led to decreased supply, and more supplementing and less supply. Here I am now, taking Fenugreek at night to keep a supply at all - but even with that, she doesn't seem satisfied on breastmilk alone - and I end up giving her formula, too.
Lately, my mood has been awful. It's gotten worse (and I had not taken the antidepressants at all since she was about 3 months old) - and I find myself yelling and screaming at my toddler. It's a very strange feeling - I know in my head while I am doing it that I don't want to yell at her - but I feel like I am on a short fuse and things just start exploding inside of me when my toddler pushes my buttons.
While talking to a trusted girlfriend of mine, who breastfed both of her children, she said that with me producing less and less milk, and nursing less often, that my mood swings and irritability might be related to my hormones. Can anyone here shed some light for me?
My toddler would really appreciate having her mommy back. :)