Jacob is 10 months old! That has gone so fast. There’s not a lot to report this month. No real change from last month. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was going to write this post, so little has happened. But I thought it might be a good opportunity to reflect and hopefully provide some reassurance to those mums who are just starting out with breastfeeding new babies.
Breastfeeding twice per day
I’m still feeding twice per day. Once first thing in the morning and once before bed. Jacob has a bottle in the afternoon. He still loves being breastfed, but is definitely getting more wriggly and paying less attention. Even when he’s lying down quietly first thing in the morning. I’m starting to wonder if that means it’s coming to an end or my supply is reducing. I’d like to make it to a year, but if that doesn’t happen it’ll be fine. I’m only really upset that stopping means I’d have to get out of bed and make a bottle in the morning! So I’m resisting for now. But we’ll see how it goes.
It’s definitely still good for comforting him if he’s ill or upset, but I don’t feel like he gets any other particular benefit from breastfeeding now.
Proof it does get easier
I think the fact it’s been so uneventful this month just shows how much easier breastfeeding gets over time. It’s so hard to believe when you start out. But for the last few months it has been so easy.
When I started breastfeeding I was taking it on a day by day basis. Telling myself if I can just do one more day, that will be great. As it got easier I started extending it to one more week at a time, with the aim of getting to 6 months. I really never expected to make it to 10 months. People always say this, but it really did get easier quickly. If it doesn’t, then definitely ask for help. I’ve mentioned this before, but I highly recommend going to a Baby Cafe.
Ultimately, you have to do what’s right for you and your baby. Breastfeeding worked out for me, but he’d have been equally fine with formula if I’d stopped.