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I am a working mother. I have resumed my job since a week. My lo is on expressed breastmilk and formula feed while I am away. But, when he is sleepy he keeps demanding breastfeeding and cries a lot. Here in Babychakra I read not to associate baby's sleep with breastfeeding,but it was too late,I had already made that mistake. What can I do now?! I am feeling very guilty.



asha chaudhry

hi amrita hang in there. pls dont feel guilty and dont be hard on urself. tagging other working moms Gayatri Rao Dr. Payal M Dr.Shilpitha Shanthappa pls advise

Dr. Payal M

i made sure tht neither baby lands up in this situation by adjusting my work timings accordingly. i can imagine how difficult it is, whether its worse fr u or baby is hard to tell. theres not much u can do except keep offering the bottle even when u are around. eventually they learn :((

Gayatri Rao

Hey there is no mistake in how a mum raises her baby. I breastfed my little fellas for almost 2 years and they went to sleep only that way. Your baby will wean when its time to and you will show him the way. Right now enjoy your breastfeeding moments as it bonds you with baby like no other, even after you are back from work. Take rest along with feeding and its probably a great excuse to do no other mundane household chore!  :)

Sonali Shivlani

Don't worry about it. As the baby has gotten used to a particular method the same way baby will get used to another method. It will take a few days but baby will adapt.

Dr. Payal M

hey Amrita let me expand my answer so it doesnt seem harsh (like my earlier did- dint mean to).both my kids nursed to sleep n it ws really difficult hence i adjusted my timings n ws lucky to have tht flexibility. i know of doc friends who had to resume day n night duties when baby turned 6 mo. n they faced the same problem..but as i wrote they do learn to adpat. one of them continued to offer bottle even when she ws around initially n once baby adjusted to tht, which took a few days only, reintroduced breast feeds. i assure u u will b fine..n so will baby. hang on

Amrita Bagchi

thank you asha chaudhry for the support.
Dr. Payal M ,my mom tells me to decrease breastfeeding.

Amrita Bagchi

Gayatri Rao I enjoy breast feeding my baby so much! I wish I can fix the problem! And thank you so much for the support

Amrita Bagchi

Dr. Payal M , I did not feel offended by your reply. I understand your point. Thank u for elaborating it. gonna keep myself calm and follow these suggestions.

Amrita Bagchi

Sonali Shivlani keeping my fingers crossed

Priya Sood

Pls dont say you made that mistake....i did the exact same. My boy weaned off gradually at 2 years. What i found useful was to distract him as much as i could.

Amrita Bagchi

Priya Sood
Now I am getting the picture

asha chaudhry

dont feel disheartened amrita. trust me we all have the weirdest weaning off the breast stories ever. good luck with the process and big hugs to u :)

Amrita Bagchi

asha chaudhry ((hugs)) :)

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