Sienna is just over three months old now, and our breastfeeding journey is coming to an end.
I’ve spoken a few times about Sienna’s fussiness. She cries lots, struggles to settle, and has fussed during and after feeds. To be honest, it was really starting to bring me down. I was starting to feel that every waking minute had to be dedicated to her. I could sometimes get away with putting her down once she fell asleep, but couldn’t dare leave the room, as the pram would need rocking if she stirred!
Plus, she hasn’t been a great sleeper, and with Ella going through a bit of a sleep regression too, I’ve been shattered! Throw in piercing cries, and I often found myself crying with her!
Last week, we were away on holiday in Ireland. Ella had food poisoning, and we’d had a bit of a hellish car, boat, hotel and car journey to Dingle. The next day, we were all exhausted and stressed! Sienna just wouldn’t feed. She fussed and cried and wasn’t happy at all, more so than usual. She has been having a bottle of formula dream feed at 10pm from about 8 weeks old, to try and encourage her to stretch her sleep a bit, so I had a box of formula with us. I decided to give that a go instead and she took it fine! No fussing!
That was when I started to think about calling it a day on the breastfeeding, if she was more content taking a bottle. I started to give her the odd bottle here and there, usually if we were out, as public breastfeeding had become quite difficult with her fussing. She mostly took it, but still was quite fussy.
I hit a bit of a breaking point a couple of evenings ago. Sienna was having her last feed before bed, from the breast. She had no interest, and was fussing. I made her a bottle, and she did exactly the same. Sean rushed to the Boots down the road from us, and bought a box of anti reflux formula. She wolfed it down, no fussiness, and went to bed content!
I took Sienna to see a cranial osteopath a few weeks ago, to see if that would help her fussiness. She found no tension that would have caused her to be fussy, but did suggest that she was showing the symptoms of silent reflux but would likely grow out of it by three months. With the anti reflux formula doing the trick, I think she may be right!
Yesterday, Sienna had mostly anti reflux formula with a couple of breastfeeds to relieve the pressure from me. She was like a different baby! So content! In fact, she slept most of the afternoon!
Today, I tried to give her a breastfeed but she was having none of it, and wanted the bottle instead! After her bottle, I put her down in the pram, while me and Ella ate our lunch. I came back to find her fast asleep! I can’t tell you how rare this is for Sienna! I would usually spend at least 15 minutes trying to get her to sleep. Then I’d attempt the put down in the pram. Sometimes it wouldn’t work and I’d be back to shush patting her. When it did work, if she stirred I had to jiggle the pram to settle her again. As I type this, she’s still asleep. She’s stirred, and even woken when the dog barked, but gone straight back to sleep with no intervention!! This is AMAZING!!!!! I’ve had a hot brew and managed to write this blog post!!
So, it seems she was in discomfort. She’s had acid burning her bless her, and that is why she has cried, struggled to settle and fussed through feeds. The thing with silent reflux is that there’s no physical vomiting or regurgitation, so it’s not so easy to spot. So, I’m glad we decided to give the anti reflux formula a go.
I’m going to continue to feed her at night for the forseeable, to save having to make up bottles, but if we need to switch those feeds over too, then so be it. Currently, she seems too sleepy during them for any fussiness, so hopefully she has no discomfort during the night. And I’m kind of hoping the day feeds will make her more content at night, and she might not need any night feeds. Wishful thinking maybe!
I’m really pleased we hit the three month mark with breastfeeding. Especially as many feeds have been pretty frustrating. I will miss it, especially the feeds that she didn’t fuss for!
But I think moving over to the anti reflux formula is going to lead to more contented lives for all of us. And I definitely feel like a weight has been lifted!