I've made it to 6 months and hoping to go the full year, but the struggles of pumping and working are real so I've been thinking that I may want to supplement with formula at some point. In March I begin coaching (DD will be 8 months) and I just don't see being able to keep up with my pumping schedule. I'm trying to freeze as much as possible and BF when I am able and hopefully that can get me through the year. But the fear of not having enough milk is always there so I thought maybe formula could take the pressure off a little bit.
Anyway it made me curious about what everyone else was planning on doing. So here goes nothing...
How long will you BF? 200 votes
FF from Day 1
EBF and/or Pump and are planning on going the full year or more
Some combo of FF and BF/Pump since moths 3 or earlier
Re: How long will you BF?
Baby G born 6/6/14, 37 weeks 1 day due to preeclampsia. 5lb12oz 19"
#2 due Christmas 2016.
I'm not sure how much farther past a year I would want to go. I don't necessarily want to stop right at 12 months, but I also know I don't want to continue much past that. 18 months might be my cut off, maybe earlier though.
For 2nd time plus moms, how long did you BF your first LOs?
So does it work for most people to not pump at work but still BF at home? I've wondered how that works when I want to stop pumping.
With DS1, we started cereal at 4 months and supplmenting with formula at 5 months. We went to only formula at 10 months because I thought I was drying up.
This time around, with no NICU time and immediately getting to hold DS2 has made a difference and supply has been much better.
11.2011 - DS1
02.2013 - loss at 6 wks
06.2014 - DS2
10.2015 - loss at 12 wks
03.2017 - DD
Soo.. until he graduates high school.
Also (and this may be just my experience) I found that BF DS2 helped with the morning sickness I had with DS3.
DS2 got sick while we were gradually weaning so I spent a couple days nursing him non stop to ensure that he got enough fluids and the morning sickness lessened so much I stopped weaning.
Editing to say that I'm not pregnant now, just wanted to share in case it helps anyone.
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My goal was to make it to 6-months. I am a week shy of 8 now & it has been a rough road. Want to make it a year now, but working full-time (teaching & coaching) has made it difficult. I feel like I am starting to be an inconvenience to my coaching staff & athletes. The bonding w/ baby still outweighs the drama I have w/the pump, crazy schedule & bouts w/mastitis (2) & clogged ducts. But I still stress over the oz I pump vs how much she consumes. Perhaps there is a blending of bonding vs supplementing I haven't found yet?