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Has having issues with your child's weight kept you from wanting more children for fear that you will go through this all over again?
Obviously not for me as I'm almost 26w pg with #2. I am scared though because my SIL had issues with her son and now is having more severe issues with her 3mo old daughter. I *was* considering bfing this baby, or trying at least, but I keep wondering if it's even worth the effort. I'm not looking for a bf/formula debate, just venting (I guess) about things I've really been thinking about these last few weeks, plus trying to get this board more active
Well, I know I want more kids, but it has maybe slowed me down slightly. So much time and energy is spent on trying to feed her that I don't know if I can handle the stress of a newborn yet. We'll be waiting a bit.
As for the BFing, I have extremely mixed feelings. I was totally unsuccessful in BFing, even though I tried it practically exclusively for the first month. I just never produced enough, no matter what I did or took. I spent so much time with all these specialists, and my little newborn hovered around the 5 lbs mark for a while. Finally, even the lactation consultant told me it wasn't to be, and the moment I switched to formula, her weight shot up like crazy. By the time she was 4 months old, she made it all the way up to the 40th percentile, believe it or not. She started sliding down to the point where we are now as we introduced solids, unforunately.
So, I must say, as hard as it was for me emotionally, formula was the best thing that ever happened to Anna. Sometimes I worry if I started her on the wrong foot basically starving her for a month. Still, next time I get pregnant, I will ask the doctor what kind of hope I have for producing milk and what I can do. I am such a believer in BFing, and it still haunts me that it went so poorly for me. I hate to think that I won't give the next child a chance, but I'm terrified of having the same experience again.
Rosalie, Mommy to Anna (05/06) and Thomas (10/08)