Transitioned to breast at 4 months!!!!!!

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Registered: 12-08-2009
Transitioned to breast at 4 months!!!!!!
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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 9:02am

Well, we're breastfeeding- at 4 months and 1 week. Exclusively. For over a week now. Last week she rooted and I thought "how strange, I haven't seen that for awhile!" So we tried it and it worked. Next feeding, it worked again. After 2 feedings, I stopped making a bottle.

I was 'comfy' - I was pumping only 3 times a day and still producing over 50 ounces - I was donating to a milk bank - I wasn't even trying to BF for a long time now. I rarely mourned the loss of the breastfeeding relationship we tried so hard to have for 5 screaming weeks and the POOF! here it is.

I feel as if I passed some test or something. Or like when you're single and can't understand why you can't find love *they* always say, "It happens when you least expect it."

So now a whole new ball of questions - Should I still pump? I have always made double what she needs. If so, when?

I've been pumping after she goes to bed and after her first morning feed. But my milk supply is definitely changing and I don't want to leave them empty if she needs them.

I always pumped them completely empty, getting a lot of milk from compressions. I've been known to pump out 20-24 ounces in the morning, for example. But should I leave that milk in there? Stop doing compressions when I pump? If so do I risk clogs/infections?

We saw a lactation consultant yesterday to make sure she was getting enough milk and she took 6.5 ounces in one feeding while we were there. From the bottle she would usually take 5 ounces, but sometimes stop around 4. I think she's getting more from the breast because of my high volume.

Anyone else transitioned back to breast? Any advice or suggestions?

Thanks!!!!

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Thu, 02-18-2010 - 11:35am

i don't have any advice, but just wanted to say, congratulations!


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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 12:23pm

Congratulations! That's fantastic!


I had a similar experience with DS about a month ago (he was 5 months then). I hadn't tried to BF either of my twins since they were about 4 weeks. And I had definitely made my peace and moved on. After 5 months EPing, I was totally comfy.


Then one night DS was fussy at bedtime, and while I was rocking him he started rooting around. So I thought, "What the heck. Let's see what he does." I offered him the breast, and he nursed like he'd been doing it all his life. I was shocked!


Since I don't produce enough milk to feed both my babes 100% BM, I didn't want to nurse him exclusively, because that would leave DD with no BM (I have since tried many times to get her to nurse, but no go). So I now nurse him once a day - first feeding in the morning, when

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 1:01pm

GONGRATULATIONS!!! You're so lucky! My son did something like that at 3 months, I offered a breast and he took it. I was stunned! So I thought here it comes, finally all that pumping paid off! We saw a LC, my son didn't really eat much from the breast, but LC

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Registered: 12-30-2009
Tue, 03-16-2010 - 6:15am

Wow that is great!!

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Registered: 05-02-2008
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 9:00pm

Congratulations!

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Registered: 05-02-2008
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 9:11pm

Hi Mom_Daria,


When I was pumping for my first daughter someone on this board suggested moving my

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Sun, 03-21-2010 - 9:41am
Thank you for your suggestion. I actually tried to do something like that cold turkey