i think i need to switch boards

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Registered: 10-28-2009
i think i need to switch boards
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Thu, 05-12-2011 - 1:48pm

My DD is now almost 7 months old. BFing for me has been horrible Ive never been able to wean off nipple shields she refuses to nurse unless the environment is perfect and if she does nurse its for over an hour... and god forbid i move its over. I went back to work at 13 weeks pp i had only pumped a few times prior to that. needless to say BFing got worse a little before 5 months she went on hunger strike after hunger strike she refuses the breast more than shell take it i pump probably 5 times a day and can only get her to nurse right before bed or in the middle of the night ( i think its more comfort than anything) Im so tired of trying to fight with her to eat (sometimes even a bottle is hard to get in her) I feel so guilty about not doing a better job. Im pretty sure now im having a episode of PPD thats been going on for months i feel its mostly brought on by my guilt of this failure. Im now struggling with deciding to wean completely and go to formula or try to EP. Im not sure how to go about either. Ive been mostly pumping for months now but i have little no stash anymore and im pumping to get the next feed every time. DD is kind of "tempermental" if you will and i have yet to find a hands free method that works for my large chest (38 F/G) Im not too sure what im looking for but ive been lurking here for a while and anymore i seem to fit in more here than anywhere else. how do you go from BF to EPing this late in the game i know formula isnt evil but i have such anxiety and guilt over not giving her only BM for a year i feel i may lose my mind either way. thanks for listening and any thoughts would be appreciated more than you know !

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Thu, 05-12-2011 - 2:16pm

Welcome to the board!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 05-12-2011 - 2:22pm

I just started seeing someone about the PPD actually LO has never gotten formula so who knows what that will be like im also nervous bc shes had alot of reflux/ no pooping issues her whole life i didnt want to mix things up so quick after just starting solids a few weeks ago. I probably just need to get over the guilt. when i pump a whole day ( i do this 2 days a week bc iw ork 16 hour shifts) i pump 6 times in 24 hours and yield about 27 oz which is fine

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Registered: 02-09-2011
Sat, 05-14-2011 - 7:08am
My understanding is that the interval isn't as important as the number of pumps. This goes against logic maybe, but I actually got more milk dropping from 6 to 5 and again to 4 pumps. And I started with low supply. I was just really careful to still pump until empty. I think the decreased stress and sleep helped my sanity and my milk production. As pp said you may try part formula just to get ahead to lower your stress. My friend had to switch to formula at 8 months and she said her baby actually had less constipation problems. Silly...but who knows! If you do need to try some I would try the little mix idea like pp said. I totally understand the emotional pain related to this. It has been such a difficult thing for me. My baby is also almost 7 months. I fought like a crazy woman to try to nurse. I FINALLY got her to nurse at night and maybe 1x per day. I was pretty happy with this and EPing. Well the last week she has refused even that. I had another sob session last night because of it. My husband reminds me that his bond with dd is wonderful and he never once got to nurse! As for building suppy...check out the beginners guide as there are alot of tips there. I feel for you and know that you are not alone. hugs...
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Registered: 04-14-2006
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 2:26am

Hi,

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-16-2011
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 12:49pm

Hi, welcome to the board (I'm new also).

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-15-2011
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 5:06pm

First of all Big hugs. You sound a bit overwhelmed by it all. Take it one day at a time.

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 11:22am

thanks to all ! i do have a small freezer stash about 70 oz or so

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Thu, 05-19-2011 - 5:38pm

As far as the supplements go, they are a mixed bag.

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