Breastfeeding—the 8 month update

Another month, another breastfeeding update. There’s not too much to report this month. We are still going strong, which surprises me every time I think about it. It’s all going well, and I’m even considering (only considering) trying to make it to a year now. After all, I’m two-thirds of the way there…

Being distracted during a feed

Distractions

Jacob is still easily distracted during a feed. Any little noise—especially people talking—or sudden movement and he’ll pull away to stare. Feeding in quiet places definitely improves things.

Dropping the bottle feed

One change this month was dropping the 10pm bottle feed I’d been giving Jacob. I started to suspect he didn’t really need it, as we’d been waking him up for it. I was pretty nervous the first night, but he slept through! So that now means no more washing and sterilising bottles, which has made me very happy.

Growth doubts

The one minor hurdle we had in the past month was when I suddenly thought Jacob was looking a bit skinnier. Obviously, that instantly meant I doubted my milk supply. The classic breastfeeding mum worry. I’ll have to write a post about that soon! I had a day of worry until I got him weighed. He’s dropped back to just below the 91% centile—last time he’d creeped above it—and the health visitor actually said she’s happier because now he’s back tracking the line he has been since birth. So that was a massive relief. I’d half convinced myself I was starving him. She just reiterated what I knew deep down—we make as much milk as the baby needs, and to be led by him.

Staying away

I also got through my first night away, so my trusty breast pump was used again. I was slightly worried about how my husband would cope, but it was fine. Jacob took a bottle before bed and slept until 6am. He then had another bottle and went back to sleep for another 2 hours! Completely unheard of! Typical.

I’m definitely finding breastfeeding less arduous as time goes on. The fact that I can have the odd night away makes a massive difference too. So I’ll continue for now. Maybe I’ll see you next month for the 9-month update…

How did you decide when to stop breastfeeding?

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4 Comments

  1. April 16, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    This was interesting to read and something I really needed to read too! I have been breastfeeding for 9 months now and have been thinking to express so my partner can feed if I want to go out! I’ve not been out since 2015! I’m hoping he will take to a bottle. It’s hard but so worth it isn’t it.
    #KCACOLS

  2. April 20, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Peachy was breastfeeding for about 14 months until she was fully weaned. I stopped because at around the 12 month mark my milk supply started to go down. I guess she just wasn’t interested in drinking it as much of anymore. At that point I stopped fighting it and started introducing cow’s milk. It took two months to be completely weaned and it was a very natural and gradual transition. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Peachy and her Mommy

  3. April 24, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    Congrats on getting to 8 months! Sounds like you’re doing a fantastic job! I tandem fed my kiddies until my son was 13 months and my daughter was 2.5 years old. I would have gone longer with the boy but after 2.5 years, I wanted my body back! #KCACOLS

  4. Scandi Mummy
    April 28, 2017 / 7:58 am

    This was when I first considered making it to 1 year…. at 26 months we are still going believe it or not. I’m ready to stop now though my boy is not. #KCACOLS

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