Breasts don't get engorged anymore..am I done with BF?
I've been EBF lo since birth and just started introducing cereal twice a day and replacing one feed a day with formula over the last week. This plus her only feeding once in the middle of the night for a while now has lead to no more engorgement for me. I used to get really engorged by morning but this hasn't happened in a while. During the day, she feeds about every 3-4 hours. I gave up pumping because my manual pump annoys me to no end haha
I always thought I'd stop breastfeeding around 6 months, but now that the time has come, I'm conflicted about whether I really want to stop or not..especially because I still have one year left on my leave from work. So my question is, if my breasts no longer become engorged and are soft sometimes even when she goes for a longer time without a feed, am I done? Is my body slowly weaning on its own?
I'm conflicted because this seems like a smooth transition to formula and solids without any pain or discomfort if I choose to replace more and more feedings with formula over time. (And she's beginning to teeth!) But I also feel like breastfeeding longer will be good for baby and if I don't maintain my supply, that's it, no more breastfeeding. I'm going to miss the bonding that's for sure
I don't know..anyone else at this transition phase who is also sitting on the fence about whether to continue or stop?
You're really not supposed to feel engorged once your supply has regulated - if you're engorged, it tells your body to make less milk because what it's making isn't being used. I'd just carry on as usual and your supply should match what baby is taking. It's normal to feel engorged if LO suddenly goes longer than usual without a feed but also normal not to; try not to read too much into it
As everyone else has mentioned, It's just you're supply regulating. If you want to continue bf there's no reason why you can't. If your baby needs more then they will feed more and your supply will increase.
I'm surprised engorgement is just now stopping for you! It's completely normal. Also, remember that your milk becomes more calorie rich so your baby won't need as much relative to her size. Just keep breastfeeding and adding solids. Your baby will let you know when she's ready to be done (unless you decide for her). I was actually surprised last night because I was engorged for the first time in a few months!
Thanks for the comments. Sorry let me clarify about the engorgement thing.. I know that I'm producing enough milk for lo despite not getting engorged so easily anymore. What I really meant was since it seems so easy to skip a feed here and there (formula replaced) and not feel uncomfortable, maybe it might be a good time to start weaning. It just feels so strange to be feeding baby cereals, solids, and formula after ebf for so long..that I don't know if I'm really ready to give up breastfeeding and the bonding that goes with it all together.
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