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    Hi Butterfly, sorry about this issue in such a time of happiness. I nursed my youngest daughter until she self-weaned at 2 years, and when she was still less than one year old she came down with a beastly case of Eczema. Her pediatrician prescribed a topical that didn't do much, so I took her to a pediatric dermatologist at a renowned children's hospital (luckily in my area) who prescribed Erythromycin - she took that orally for just the one course and the Eczema went away. Like your little love, she didn't have other issues, normal digestion, sleep, growth and development, just that nasty Eczema. I'm not a fan of medication in general, and especially for a tiny baby (who is now 22!) (also thankfully hasn't suffered from it since!) but I trusted the specialist and in our case, it worked.

    If breastfeeding is working for you then please know there are options to treat Eczema. In my daughter's case it wasn't even a question about breastfeeding being linked to her Eczema. However I know all babies are different. And I know there are other reasons mom's can't breastfeed, etc. I am always supportive of every mom who just wants to do her best.

    Whatever you choose, your baby will be bonded to you and will thrive - you're a good mom. ((HUGS))

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    Originally Posted by sophie274
    Honestly I totally understand about the breastfeeding. I went back to “work” more than full time when my baby was 6 weeks old. Even though I knew it’s what I wanted to do and she was cared for by her dad and grandmother, it was hard to leave her and I worried she wouldn’t be attached to me. Even though rationally I know and believe that formula is more than fine, I felt like if I was going to be gone so much, breastfeeding/pumping was the least I could do. So I did every single night feed from 6 weeks to 6 months when she slept through, and got up early to pump etc ... I felt like I wanted to share one special thing with her that no one else could. I actually do feel that it has personally helped me bond with my baby. Obviously millions of women every day have incredible bonds with their formula fed babies - this is just how I felt, even though I didn’t think it was rational. So I totally understand you wanting to breastfeed.

    Can you talk to your health visitor or doctor? Eczema is so super common and most often has nothing to do with what mom eats. There’s lots you can try before switching to formula, although if that’s what your medical team thinks is best for baby, I would of course follow their advice.
    I understand too and the extent to which she says she will feel like "a failure" -it's the degree of that that is concerning. That's all. I didn't feel any difference in connectedness or bonding once I gave up on nursing after day 12 - because it wasn't working at all plus I then had to be on meds that could be harmful to the baby for a medical condition - what I did find in our situation was that then my husband could stop washing pumping parts around the clock (low supply issue) and bond even more with our son during feeding times!

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    Originally Posted by sophie274
    Honestly I totally understand about the breastfeeding. I went back to “work” more than full time when my baby was 6 weeks old. Even though I knew it’s what I wanted to do and she was cared for by her dad and grandmother, it was hard to leave her and I worried she wouldn’t be attached to me. Even though rationally I know and believe that formula is more than fine, I felt like if I was going to be gone so much, breastfeeding/pumping was the least I could do. So I did every single night feed from 6 weeks to 6 months when she slept through, and got up early to pump etc ... I felt like I wanted to share one special thing with her that no one else could. I actually do feel that it has personally helped me bond with my baby. Obviously millions of women every day have incredible bonds with their formula fed babies - this is just how I felt, even though I didn’t think it was rational. So I totally understand you wanting to breastfeed.

    Can you talk to your health visitor or doctor? Eczema is so super common and most often has nothing to do with what mom eats. There’s lots you can try before switching to formula, although if that’s what your medical team thinks is best for baby, I would of course follow their advice.
    I have spoken to the dr and he's prescribed creams for her, which are helping, eczema is so common in my family usually grown out of by 3 years old, only one unlucky cousin has had severe eczema all her life.

    Originally Posted by mines
    Hi Butterfly, sorry about this issue in such a time of happiness. I nursed my youngest daughter until she self-weaned at 2 years, and when she was still less than one year old she came down with a beastly case of Eczema. Her pediatrician prescribed a topical that didn't do much, so I took her to a pediatric dermatologist at a renowned children's hospital (luckily in my area) who prescribed Erythromycin - she took that orally for just the one course and the Eczema went away. Like your little love, she didn't have other issues, normal digestion, sleep, growth and development, just that nasty Eczema. I'm not a fan of medication in general, and especially for a tiny baby (who is now 22!) (also thankfully hasn't suffered from it since!) but I trusted the specialist and in our case, it worked.

    If breastfeeding is working for you then please know there are options to treat Eczema. In my daughter's case it wasn't even a question about breastfeeding being linked to her Eczema. However I know all babies are different. And I know there are other reasons mom's can't breastfeed, etc. I am always supportive of every mom who just wants to do her best.

    Whatever you choose, your baby will be bonded to you and will thrive - you're a good mom. ((HUGS))
    Thank you! I'm hoping her current creams help so far so good :) she's still scratching at her chest though which is incredibly frustrating for her bleas her.
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    I understand too and the extent to which she says she will feel like "a failure" -it's the degree of that that is concerning. That's all. I didn't feel any difference in connectedness or bonding once I gave up on nursing after day 12 - because it wasn't working at all plus I then had to be on meds that could be harmful to the baby for a medical condition - what I did find in our situation was that then my husband could stop washing pumping parts around the clock (low supply issue) and bond even more with our son during feeding times!
    Oh I know it isn't normal, hence I'm under mental health, I'm seeing them again today and hopefully finding a medication I can use, shall also discuss what I post here. I post here for that extra support and to just get it out of my head so I can try and pull out of the negative cycle of thoughts.. I am doing what I can to get on the right track.

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    Yes of course and I do want to support and also hope you know that the best possible thing for your daughter and yours connection is for you to show her what it looks like to be a person who likes and respects herself - not who acts like she is a failure. (feelings are feelings -I'm talking about how you act). I too have heard eczema is common and not necessarily any issue with breast milk. My son had formula and had some eczema. No allergies. I'm glad you're doing what you can to get on the right track!!

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    I’m really glad the creams are helping. Hopefully she stops feeling itchy soon.

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    Getting a little anxious about what Christmas will be like at this rate.. UK cases have tipped the 4000 a day mark. UK won't close down again, but will likely put a ban on households mixing. I know baby won't remember her first Christmas, but as a whole family I wasn't u's too enjoy it and make memories we can share with her.. life is so crazily different and I feel a little lost..

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    We say goodbye to my grandma today. I couldn't attend the funeral due to covid, so we're seeing her to rest. Really not quite ready for this :(

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    Originally Posted by Butterfly~Wrists
    We say goodbye to my grandma today. I couldn't attend the funeral due to covid, so we're seeing her to rest. Really not quite ready for this :(
    I am so very sorry to hear about your and your family's loss. I hope her memory is a blessing to you.

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    It's especially hard as she passed away the same day baby was born. But she's free from pain she wasn't far off 100 so she had a great long life..

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    Hmm, things aren't great atm, had been doing better for a while, but now I'm having nightmares of something bad happening to baby, so I'm having to disturb her to check she's breathing and ok.. she's going through a stage of nightmares and either needs to hold my hand, have my hand resting on her chest, or (her preference) sleep in my chest.. I'm exhausted as I was pretty much awake from 330am cause every time I stopped touching her shed wake up :(

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