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?