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    May have to stop...
    cjl0510 posted:
    My LO is 7 months old.. and I am afraid I may have to start weaning him soon. I have a heart condition where I need to take medicine, but since I was pregnant and while I have been nursing I have not been taking it. But it has gotten to the point where I can barely stand now without being dizzy. It started getting bad about this point with my first son when I had to stop nursing as well- but with him I made it until almost 10 months! I really hate to stop because I LOVE nursing, it's so convienient, and it's good for him.

    So I am having a hard time coming to terms with having to stop. He can take a bottle great because I usually pump and leave a bottle if I ever have to be away for a few hours. So I am not concerned about that part- I think it will be hardest on me. Anyone ever go through something similar, or have any advice- even support- cause I am getting really emotional with this!!
    fsuchick1976 responded:
    I've never been through this, but ((HUGS)). Just remember that the important thing is that your baby have a healthy mommy. Where food comes from is minor in comparison to a heart problem. Do they not have any medications that are compatible with breastfeeding?

    Having to give formula in place of breastmilk is really tough for us breastfeeding moms. I go back to work next week, and my DH and I were talking about this last night. With DD1, my pumping output determined the mood of our household. If I had a good day and pumped enough, things were pleasant. If I didn't pump enough at work - Watch out! I would be so grouchy, grumpy and emotional when DH would get home from work. He hated coming home from work b/c he didn't know how it would be. He was walking on eggshells. We don't want it to be like that this time. So, formula could be in our future and that saddens me.
    Kim (33) DH (40) DD1 (7/08) DD2 (3/10)
    Mainemommy replied to fsuchick1976's response:
    I also 2nd asking about compatable meds but if not you have made it this far most women never do Congratulate yourself on a job well done
    ljlflorida responded:
    I EBF my daughter until 3 days ago. I'm having a hard time coming to terms that I can't nurse her any longer, or even give her my milk. We've been struggling with her digestive system since she was born and she's now 3 mos old. Her GI dr. is coming to the conclusion that she is allergic to the milk protein so she's on a hypoallergenic formula. I'm still pumping in hopes that it isn't my BM but she has started to show tons of improvement since starting Alimentum.

    I'm slowly adjusting to giving her a bottle. She wasn't thrilled with it at first either.
    Summer(29)~DH(31)~Blessed with a beautiful baby girl on 5/12/10 named Soleil Laryn. She's 14.5 lbs
    seeit2 replied to ljlflorida's response:
    Summer - assuming you mean cow's milk protein - if you cut out all dairy you can still nurse her yourself. It's not easy but it is doable. I have a DD with a severe milk allergy and we suspected the same in my DS so I went on a dairy-free diet. (Lost 30 lbs in the process LOL)...if you need any support through this we have some great resources on a food allergy exchange at

    As for the OP and weaning, I had a really hard time stopping with my DD. I was very emotional about it and went a full year before stopping. In the end, it was harder on me than it was her - I had DH go in to her if/when she got up at night and after two days it was no big deal at's hard but you get past it. Like PPs said - good job getting this far!

    ntherelng replied to seeit2's response:
    We thhought that DS1 had the cow's milk protein and I too cut out dairy. He improved a lot and was not severely allergic, so I ended up just cutting back, not out. I didn't drink milk, but I would eat a little cheese. As he outgrew it, I'd add back in some yogurt.

    A few things....It takes about 7-10 days for the protein to get out of your system once you cut it out. However, in the long run, it's much cheaper than the Alimentum, which is one of the most expensive formulas that is out there. As Deb said, it's really hard on you, but if you can tolerate, it might be easier and cheaper than going the formula route. Also, my pedi really recommends pro-biotics. He said to buy the capsules and break them open and put them in a bottle of breast milk. That might be enough to help LOs digestive tract as well. It might be worth talking to your doctor about.


    Renee (37) DH (43) DS1 10/01/08 EBF 9 mos. DS2 06/20/10 6lb. 19 1/2 and so beautiful!
    Jcurzon responded:
    I would ask a lactation specialist about the medication contradictions, there are many medications that regular (or non-pediatric) docs will tell you are not safe for BF, but a pediatrician may tell you different. There are very few medications that are truly dangerous through breastmilk (it's NOT the same as being pregnant and not taking certain meds). In breastmilk, medications you take are highly diluted, something like only 1-4% of the medication goes into the milk, so LO is not getting the dose you are getting, etc. Anyway, i'd look into it very closely, if you are not ready to quit, you may not even have to if the meds are compatible.

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