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I have been exclusively BFing for 15 weeks now and am really starting to lose enthusiasm for it. Brian is very big , he is about 17 lbs now and so needs to eat a lot to keep going. I am finding it exhausting to keep doing it. I was absolutely loving it but just recently I have really started not enjoying it and would love to be able to share the load with DH a bit more. The thought of going on to formula and having a clearer routine and the occasional night off is SO tempting at the moment. I know I don't really want to stop but just need to be reminded why we are still doing this!
We do it becUse it is the best milk for our babies. It also increases our physical bonding. With that being said, know you are not alone in considering going to formula full time. I do a minimum of 1 formula bottle daily (so my husband can have a close bonding time and so he sleeps longer lol). If I notices his breast feeding session was not well, I will give Tiago 2oz. Tiago liks to play. Some days he will be screaming to eat but he rfuses to latch...or only latches for 5-10 minutes and still cries when he pulls away. But regardless of his days, when he wakes at night, he nurses fully. I so often think of going to 100% formula, but the pediatrician wants me to try to breastfeed him until he is 6 months. When I return to work in a few weeks I am going to have him on formula when I am not around and breastfeeding when I am.
Yeah it's hard! When I first started pumping, using a hand pump, before the real nursing issues began, I found it to be a huge relief just to be able to have a couple of bottles in the fridge. You might give it a shot?!
And, like the other ladies said, we're doing it because it's best for baby And you don't have much longer of exclusive breastfeeding, either! Soon your boobs will have a little freedom.
Aw it's tough! Is he waking often to feed at night? Or is he a snacker where he just wants to nibble all day? You could do like Rhea said and try pumping some so that you can take a break but still give him breast milk.
And you could also talk to your doc about starting solids early (say at 4 months) because he may just need to have more in his tummy!
When I start to get discouraged I think about it in terms of the big picture... in our babies lives they are nursed for only a really tiny amount of time (even an extended breast fed baby will only be nursed for a relatively short period of time!)
We are bonding, spending real quality time together, I am giving him the absolute best start possible, and I alone am completely able to sustain life with my body (outside of my body)... it's also FREE!!! so the cheapie in me is thrilled!
I do pump and freeze as well, but it's only been 1 night that I've gotten a bit of a break.... we do give 1 bottle a week just to keep it familiar.