As promised in my last post, here's an update on breastfeeding at 9 months.
In a nutshell, we're still breastfeeding A LOT at 9 months.
I started out this nursing gig ready to go the whole nine yards, nursing for at least a year but weaning sometime before 2 so that we can get preggers again and start the whole thing over. I realize one can breastfeed and be pregnant at the same time but I have NO desire to do it...only one baby using my body at a time please!
Breastfeeding has gone relatively smoothly for us. I had WAY too much milk in the beginning that caused infinite amounts of stress as it took Baby Jett FOREVER to learn how to deal with the forceful letdown and the gobs and gobs of milk that would spray into his mouth like a firehose.
But it was never painful (other than those first few days as the nipples adjusted!), we had no latch issues and I've never had supply issues...unless you count TOO MUCH as a supply issue. So, all in all breastfeeding has been a pleasant experience for me.
At 4 months the boobs finally got the message that my ONE baby did not need enough milk for THREE and really eased up with the milk they were producing.
My letdown however never eased up at all and I can still spray milk across the room. Luckily this isn't a problem for a 9 month old...he doesn't seem to mind gobs of milk spraying down his throat anymore.
So for 6.5 months Baby Jett was exclusively breastfed, I don't even think he had water until 6 months.
Just before 7 months we took the leap and began introducing solid food into his diet. And now at 9 months he is up to 3 meals and one snack of solids a day...but he still enjoys some boob every hour or so, SERIOUSLY.
Even after the introduction of solids he continues to rely heavily on breastmilk for nourishment as well as comfort. Some days I feel like I nurse him more now than before we started solids.
For instance, it's 10:30 in the morning as I'm writing this and I have nursed him 4 times already this morning. Yeah...we do a lot of nursing.
I am eternally grateful to the boob and feel very blessed to be able to breastfeed my baby...I don't know what I would do without it.
There are so many circumstances in which the boob is MAGIC.
Baby only slept for half an hour and needs to sleep more?...boob him.
Baby is being picky and won't eat any of the solids he's offered but is still obviously hungry?...boob him.
Baby falls down and bumps his head?...boob him.
Baby getting shots?...boob him.
Baby won't calm down for any number of different reasons?...boob him.
I have discontinued the use of the boob to PUT my baby to sleep as that was causing all sorts of problems, but to put him BACK to sleep? Still magic.
Ok that's a lie, I just put him down for a nap an hour ago with my boob...but as long as he's not waking up after half an hour anymore I think it's OK!
As I said in my last post I honestly can't imagine in just 3 months weaning him off the boob, so more realistically I'm thinking breastfeeding will continue until 18 months? But hopefully still less than 2 years!
I used to be able to nap with him NOT attached to my boob, he was just a few weeks old here...
Not anymore! But look how big his head has gotten!