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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by emmiesmummy on Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:32 pm

Well Emily is going to be 3 soon & would still feed all day if given half the chance. I love that we still have this very special bond & that im able to do something so special just for her. Im really proud of us,Dave & all my friends have been very supportive & ive never made any secret to anyone that i still breastfeed & to see the look on some peoples faces is still priceless. Emily happily breastfeeds all the dolls & cuddlys at all the groups we attend which is so lovely to watch,but im also very aware she is a little girl now & that she doesnt eat much in the way of meals prefering to have milk. She should be starting nursery after Christmas & I feel the time is right to stop, i so so wanted her to decide when this would happen but i think she will just keep going.

I feel upset that its become my decision but im so amazed we have come this far. Ive told her that she cant have mummy milk much longer as she is now a big girl & needs to learn to eat dinners like the other big girls & boys,shes seemed ok about it & gives them a hug & tells them she loves them & i having been offering food & milkshakes etc instead of me (she still hates plain cows milk). Her appetite is already growing,she never ate till at least lunchtime & now i dont allow milk first thing she is very hungry,i think i forgot just how filling it is !!!

Having only managed a few weeks with Tara & James & remembering how uncomfortable it was when i stopped,is there anything i can do so this doesnt happen this time?

Lastly I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone,without you all i would never have managed this long xxxxxx

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Post by kay on Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:51 pm

hey hunny!

I gradually cut down feeds with Corey, and tbh, had no uncomfyness at all.

It took about 2 weeks from me deciding to him stopping all together, and i think my milk just slowly wound down.
It does help that they are at an age to understand - we focussed on different food and drinks and made it fun for him.

hope it goes ok

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Post by Caroline A on Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:04 pm

Wow you've really won my admiration for bf'ing for so long. I stopped after two years with my first two babies. (still feeding my 3rd).
My babies all slept in my bed so were getting fed alot during the night, and quite a bit during the day!! I decided to cut out night feeds first and found it so much easier than I thought it would be.

My baby would give a little moan when the boob didn't appear, I would then sing a quiet song or start telling a little story and they fell back to sleep. I couldn't believe it LOL.

Then I dropped the daytime feeds and I didn't get too engorged or have any pain. Both babies seemed to accept that bf'ing had stopped. They quickly got used to no more bf'ing. I was more upset.

I'm sure you'll be sad that it's coming to an end. It's such a lovely time when your baby is bf'ing. Well done again and good luck.

Caroline xoxo

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