I am a mom of 4 ages 9, 6 ,4,and 7 months. I have always lost my milk by 7 months. With my first daughter, my grandmother(who I was very close to) died when she was 6 months. She had been very ill and I think the stress finally got the best of me. With my first, I had no knowledge or help and (in the beginning) ended up with cracked and even bleeding nipples.
I found out I was loosing my milk by offering her a bottle of formula one night to try to stop her from crying so much. Poor thing ate like she was starving.
With my next two, I spoke to a lactation consultant who gave me lanolin(wonderful stuff!). At about 5 months I suspected I was loosing it again. I didn’t feel as full and wanted to be sure they were getting enough. Plus they would want to nurse constantly and still acted unsatisfied. So I started supplementing. Once they figured out they could get food faster with a bottle, they stopped wanting me. Even herbs couldn’t help that.
Now we have our 2nd boy and possibly our last, so I really don’t want to lose my milk. I have been feeding him on demand and No supplementing with formula! I drink a ton of mother’s milk tea(having trouble finding fenugreek). and have learned that smaller breast size doesn’t mean my milk is leaving.
He seems to be doing well so far. Feeding satisfies him. I just started giving him bananas and applesauce which seems to keep him full longer. Anyone have any advice to make sure longer times between feeding don’t result in me loosing my milk. I really want to breastfeed at least a year, but am getting a lot of negativity around me from family members. I had a clogged duct 2 weeks ago(fevered, achy all over, etc… not fun) I am better now, but got advice like,”Don’t you think it’s about time to just give it up? I mean he’s got 6 months of milk, that is a good start”. Ugh! Frustrating.