Breastfeeding - 4 Months


One of the best decisions I've ever made is to breastfeed Freddie. The minute I found out I was pregnant with Freddie, I knew that I wanted to breastfeed him. I never had any support throughout my pregnancy about breastfeeding, and I would get information and advice from two local friends and another friend, Catriona who blogs at Loved By Mummy. I remember getting nervous as I was getting closer to my due date.

LATCHING
I was very lucky that Freddie latched on straight away, despite the fact that he has tongue-tie. He's been feeding perfectly well since. There have been a few times he's been a bit whingey, but I am putting that down to teething. He latched the wrong place the other week, and it caused me to have a massive black bruise, which is still healing now. Other than that, he latches on perfectly well during most feeds.

FEEDING TIMES
Freddie will still feed quite often, but he has gone from every 1-2 hours to 2-4 hours, it depends on what time of day it is and how tired he is. He likes to fall asleep in the evenings while on me, feeding. His usual feeding times are; 6 am, 10 am, 11.30am (sometimes for a nap), 1/2pm, 4/5pm, 7 pm and then he will feed on and off until he falls asleep at 9/10pm. He will then wake up between midnight and 2 am, which from then on he will feed quite often. We started to wean him not long ago but only baby porridge in the evenings around 6 pm and he loves it. I will be updating on the weaning journey soon.

ENOUGH OF EXPRESSING, NO BOTTLES, NO MUM TIME!
We have tried Freddie with three different bottles, and he took to none of them. He took to one more than the other two but it took him a while to drink the expressed milk, and he did struggle. I have got one more type of bottle I want to try him on before giving up completely, but I can say - I hate expressing. I don't want to spend a lot on an electric expresser because I know I won't be expressing a lot, so instead I have a hand expresser which is a pain and pretty rubbish too. I've been thinking about going out for a meal with a friend before she starts full-time work, but I'm not sure that's going to be likely now unless I take Freddie with me, which is probably going to be the case. But I'm not complaining; I love breastfeeding, and I don't intend to stop anytime soon.


12 comments

  1. Its nice that you are enjoying breast feeding and he is doing so well with it. Sometimes its nice to spend that close time with baby #MarvMondays

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  2. Well done on getting so far with your breastfeeding, I'm so pleased you are enjoying. I have just finished feeding at 15 months and never thought I'd do it for so long, but I was lucky we had no problems after the initial first 6 weeks, and I enjoyed it so much I was quite sad when we stopped. Good luck with the rest of your time breastfeeding - and keep persevering with the bottle if it's something you want to do, it is nice to be able to have that break #MarvMondays

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  3. I'm so glad you've been able to breastfeed. I fed my first and it was a nice bond and I had hoped to bf this time round but with poppy in special care it wasnt practical. Enjoy and watch out for those first teeth!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

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  4. I'm so glad you've been able to breastfeed. I fed my first and it was a nice bond and I had hoped to bf this time round but with poppy in special care it wasnt practical. Enjoy and watch out for those first teeth!! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

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  5. Wow you're doing amazing and I hate expressing too!I fed my eldest until he was 10months and I'm currently feeding my 4monthe old. It's hard at first but it is a lovely bonding time xx #marvmondays

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  6. It sounds like you're doing really, really well with breastfeeding which is brilliant! I'm so glad you love it! #MarvMondays

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  7. So glad you have managed this. Some say it's harder for you but I think in the long run it's so much better. That special time is lovely. Hope he will take a bottle for you soon hun xx #marvmondays

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  8. Congratulations! We've just made it to 6 months, it's amazing to think we're sustaining life isn't it?! I too am not a huge fan of expressing although I found that an electric pump helps a lot and it's allowed us to have a few nights out with grandparents in charge which has been nice! We've had our fair share of love bites too - amazing how strong their suck is isn't it?! Good luck with the next stages of feeding! #marvmondays

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  9. Oh it's lovely that you are enjoying breastfeeding your gorgeous little man. Most of my friends breastfeed and really love doing it! #marvmondays

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  10. I'm still breastfeeding my 15 month old with 12 teeth. You're doing great and you'll know when it feels right to stop.
    #marvmondays
    mama cat + baby bee

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  11. We are 9 months into breastfeeding. Luckily for me, piglet takes a bottle happily so we've actually left him with his grandparents for 2 nights while we went to a wedding. Good luck! #marvmondays

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  12. That's great :) My cousin's little boy is the same age and also tongue tied being breast fed and I know it's not the easiest thing to be getting on with and when they're struggling to feed it can be super frustrating! #MarvMondays

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