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November 23rd, 2010, 03:22 PM
♥womanintheshoe♥'s Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Has anyone weaned their baby early in order to ttc? If you do not feel comfortable posting your response here, would you PM me? As a disclaimer: I am still nursing despite not wanting to even nurse at all, I'm not a "spring chicken" as far as medical age goes, it takes me a long time to get pg then I have an inevitable miscarriage and start the process all over again. My LO is 4mo and I have milk pumped enough to last 2 months. I'm torn over this as I am very anxious to get my cycle back (AF never shows until I'm fully done weaning - even one nursing/day keeps it away...grrr) yet feel guilty for even thinking about weaning him.

Posting this with some trepidation...
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November 23rd, 2010, 04:25 PM
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I haven't done that on purpose. But one of the benefits of the last one not nursing is that I got pg with #8 a lot sooner, so I understand your thinking. However, I prefer to let nature take it's course and handle all that stuff for me. How old are you? I am 40 and not worried about running out of time yet.
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November 23rd, 2010, 04:35 PM
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No need to post with trepidation, it's not like you said you were going to whip a baby, just formula feed

How long is the longest you have nursed? With my 3rd dd I was only about 6 months when I got AF back. Each time is a little different, in my experience at least.
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November 23rd, 2010, 05:30 PM
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I haven't but it doesn't sound like you are really enjoying the process. Do pump only?

I did wean #4 early, not necessarily by choice but because I was working and trying to pump and I just really got brunt out on pumping (I do not like it at all, it feels very unnatural to me making the whole process even more difficult) so I stopped pumping at work and within a couple months I dried up.

Whatever you decide, it's your decision. You won't be neglecting your baby, just choosing that he be formula fed. Moms do that every day.
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November 23rd, 2010, 07:02 PM
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Wow, this topic just opened up an old wound. I'm the terrible mother who stopped EBF DS1 at 6 months so I could go on Clomid to get him a sibling--its only raw b/c I was on the TTC while BF board on JM, and some other member told me that I was being selfish for considering doing that, she was very judgemental and it left a mark. I left that board that day.
Anyhow, it didn't work and I ended up adopting the twins two years later.

DS1 went on formula at 6 months, and my other three were on formula full time from birth, your baby will be fine, you just have to get around the guilt. Same thing I had to do. Whatever decision you make will be perfect for your family.
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November 23rd, 2010, 09:51 PM
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Thanks for the responses, ladies. I don't dare post a question like this anywhere else so I appreciate the gentleness of the input here.

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How old are you? I am 40 and not worried about running out of time yet.
I'm 37.5 but I have just one fallopian tube and other issues which makes getting pg very difficult and staying pg...well, when I finally get a +hpt I wait to miscarry.

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How long is the longest you have nursed? With my 3rd dd I was only about 6 months when I got AF back. Each time is a little different, in my experience at least.
I've nursed anywhere from 4-8mo and AF never shows up until there is no nursing, period. Very frustrating!
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November 24th, 2010, 07:30 AM
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I've kinda done that but not to actually try to get pregnant. I was tired of b'fing really and AF returned early while I was b'fing. I had b'feed 2 for over a year and then baby before her until I got pregnant again which was 6 or so months and I was tired of it. So one night I offered her a bottle to see how she would do and she took it with no issue, I kept nursing too for a tiny bit but it wasn't long and she was on formula. I conceived a month or 2 later. I did feel a little guilty for putting her on formula just because I was tired of breastfeeding. No one tried to make me feel bad but I did, however there was no reason for it. She was and is as healthy as the others and is a very smart little girl. I took that break with her and with all the ones after, I never felt that way again. I've breastfed them for over a year and been fine with it. I did supplement with one, but he continued to b'feed. Do what works for you. I can think of much worse things a parent can do than formula feed.
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November 24th, 2010, 09:02 AM
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Im in that situation now. I have been hoping my cycle would return before now tho. The longest Ive ever gone with no cycle is 8 months. So I def though it would have returned by now.

My DS is 10 months old, so I know its not the same, but I just wanted to say that I have totally considered weaning him early too. Now that its been 10 months and no sign of her, I will finish his year, and hopefully AF comes back ASAP.

We have been hoping that we have a little miracle sneak in, but no luck yet.

I say, do whatever you think is best for YOU and YOUR family
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