I’m stumped…. I am not ashamed to admit it. Once in a while, I will receive an email from a mom that I just don’t know how to answer. I know, a lactation consultant should have the answers to all things breastfeeding, right??? Well, I am not embarrassed to admit that there are a few times where I am not sure how to provide helpful advice.
When I breastfed my sons, I didn’t have the support I needed to meet my personal breastfeeding goals. I wanted to breastfeed for at least a year, but full-time work, food allergies, and stress got in the way. I didn’t realize that a lactation consultant could help me after those first few weeks, so it never crossed my mind to contact her for help when my milk started to dry up around 5 months. It is for this reason that I love when moms contact me when they need assistance as their infants get older. That means that they still see me as a support network, even after the few weeks! Amazing!
Since my boys were not breastfeeding at 9 months, I thought this question would be better answered by some other seasoned mommies.
This is where you come in!
Let’s pull together to provide this new mom with at least 10 comments of helpful advice. Are you up for the challenge?
Here is the question:
My son is almost 9 months old. He still nurses about 3-6 times a day, as well as at night (co-sleeping). Recently he has been wanting to nurse ALL night! At first it only bothered me a little, and was just a little uncomfortable. Now, I can't fall asleep at all when he's nursing, and he just goes for hours! Last night I was up with him from 10pm- 3am while he nursed. I don't want to stop nursing anytime soon, but if I can't figure out how to stop these marathon nursing sessions, I think I might be done with it all together.
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!