Baby K Won’t Nurse

baby kIt’s been going on for a week or two now, Baby K has lost interest in nursing and my milk supply has suffered from his lack of nursing. It’s a sad time for me, because he is my last baby, and he is growing up. I thought he would be hard to wean and here he is weaning off around the same age his sister did years ago. I should have known Baby K would have weaned around the same time as big sissy because he is so much like her in other ways.

Baby K reminds me of those happy times when my oldest was a baby. He is so happy, very interactive and babbles a lot.  He has now shown an interest in a sippy cup and enjoys drinking formula. I am nervous about this transition because funds are tight and formula is expensive. If only I could win a three month supply of Enfamil – wow that would be fantastic!

Now that Baby K won’t nurse I am a bit sad, lost so to speak because I have always been the one to feed him, now my husband feeds him to sleep with a bottle after I nurse him the little bit he will take. In a way it’s a happy time, he is showing his independence and I get some much needed time away. I am trying to focus on the positive rather than the negative {in my opinion} of formula feeding.

So many moms feed their children formula and they turn out fine. I even fed AJ formula from eight weeks on. So as my children get older and more independent I find myself lonely, wondering how long it will be before they are grown. Sometimes I wish I could just keep them little just a bit longer, but I know they must grow up and spread their wings in this place we call Earth.

I will try to remain positive, and stop worrying about formula. I will also try to find a way to get some samples so that we don’t go broke over the rising cost of food and now formula. 

As if having two in diapers wasn’t hard enough on our wallets 😉

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  1. I just read your breastfeeding story and can definitely relate! I was so determined to breastfeed my son for at least a year and did everything I could to make that happen (took a breastfeeding class, read everything about the subject, talked to everyone I knew, met with lactation consultants, etc). I had no idea it was going to end up being the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life!

    My son had severe jaundice when he was born so although he latched perfectly, he was too lazy to get more than a few minutes worth of milk. The more he lost weight, the worse his jaundice got and so he was hospitalized in an incubator with IV fluids until he was recovered when he was a week old. His doctor explained that my breastmilk was making it worse and so he had to be on formula for four entire days. So I started pumping and then he didn’t nurse perfectly until he was 7 weeks old.

    To make a long story short, it was a rollercoaster for nine months I had to both pump and nurse every single day because whenever I stopped pumping my milk would dry up (I knew this because my son would get frustrated – he was a chunk like your middle child and so it was hard to keep up with him, I had to take an herbal supplement and I’d pump 8 oz which he’d want every two hrs even as a six month old).

    Every day I told myself “one more day” – I did not expect to make it past six months but at around seven months it suddenly started to get easier. I remember during his eighth month I finally thought it was possible to make it the full year! So imagine my surprise when the day after his 9 month birthday he weaned himself! I tried every day for two weeks (I continued to pump) but he refused to latch on. During those two weeks I had pumped less and less and so by the time he was 9.5 months old I was completely done.

    It was sad, but I was glad he’d made the choice rather than me, because then I felt like I’d truly given it my all and it was his way of saying “thank you,” but now he was ready to go on to the next stage in life. I know that the nine months benefited him then and still continue to. He’s only had one ear ache in his 18 months of life, among many other positives. I think no matter how long a woman breastfeeds it is a success, whether it’s one month or one year! So definitely don’t beat yourself up – you’ve been a success with ALL of your kids!

    P.S. I added your button to my blog list 🙂
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  2. I have the opposite problem with my 19 month old. He’s addicted to nursing. I weaned him for during the day (sometimes we cheat). My oldest was the same way. I’m ready to be done, and he begs. He lifts up my shirt and whimpers. He is not addicted to anything else, which is good.

    I had HUGE problems with the start of nursing for both of my kids. Mica my oldest was born with a cyst under his tongue. This made his tongue mis-shaped. Isaak my youngest wasn’t latching right, he lost too much weight and I got lots of sores! Both times I got things to work. I managed to work full time, and nurse. Lots of pumping!
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