My daughter is 9 months old, still ONLY breastfed and it is exhausting me.
Some back story … She was introduced to solids at 6 months old when she started showing signs of being ready (baby number 5 so I knew what to look for). However, she had a nasty reaction to the baby food and I was told by the doctor to remove the solids from her diet while we tested for allergies/intolerances. Fast forward a couple of months, we know she is lactose intolerant (I give her lacteez drops to ease the discomfort caused by breastfeeding) fructose intolerant and we are waiting on her next allergy clinic appointment to see where we go about the wheat, dairy, soy protein allergy testing.
She has aversions to ALL foods, because the times she has eaten, she has been violently sick and now associates food with pain. She is slightly tongue tied and slightly lip tied but I have been told that when he tongue muscles strengthen she should be okay with not getting them clipped. She has a small mouth. She gags on any food you put in her mouth.
I don’t know if this is so much a question, or more of a get it off my chest thing… but I sleep in 30 minute intervals, I breastfeed her ALL. NIGHT. LONG. I am physically exhausted, emotionally exhausted and it’s taking it’s toll on my other 4 children. And to top it off, despite having to travel 6 hours each way, every couple of weeks to the allergy clinic and to see paediatricians, Centrelink have told me that she doesn’t require any extra care that a normal baby needs, so I am not entitled to any carer’s allowance. So the financial strain on my single mother bank balance is exhausting all on it’s own.
My GP likes to joke that my baby should just be put in the “too hard” basket… I sometimes agree, except I’m not joking :/