8 MO refusing breast and BM in bottle

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Registered: 06-07-2007
8 MO refusing breast and BM in bottle
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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 8:25pm

Hello,

DS would be 9 MO in 2 weeks. This past week our nanny has been complaining that he has not been drinking my pumped BM from bottles. She was almost in tears on friday she was so tired. He just arches his back and refuses to put the bottle in his mouth. On the other hand, he is very welcoming to the solids (which he gets breakfast, lunch

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Registered: 10-27-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 2:46pm
I think this is going to be tough because you've already started lots of solids, but with both of my kids to some extent, especially my DD, I had to actively limit solids until a year. At 8 mos, I was only offering about 2 to 4 tb daily. My DD would have eaten way more solids than is necessary that early. I just offered more nursing if they were still hungry. I moved up to about 5 tb at 9 mos and maybe a cup total by a year. I know it's way less than pedis typically recommend, but I personally feel those recommendations are geared to formula-fed babies who can't get all their nutrition from their liquid diet anymore. Anyway, maybe try decreasing solids very slowly so he'll take some more milk? But definitely not all at once. Skin to skin or taking a bath together can also help him gently accept the breast again.
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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 7:28pm
Have you changed something that might be affecting the flavor of your milk? A new diet? Hormones? Your cycle can affect milk quantity and flavor to some extent.

Manda :)

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Registered: 06-07-2007
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 9:24am
Hi,
I dont think he gets more than 4 TBSP in a day.. I do mix lots of BM while giving solids to him so that increases the quantity. He gets 1 tbsp of cereal each for breakfast and lunch..I had to increase the dinner quantity because he was just not able to sleep for more than 5 hours after nursing in evening and I thought maybe my milk supply was not good enough in the evening for him (after I come back from work). Maybe our nanny gave him more while I was at work (she is a big proponent of giving lot of solids to baby), but I find it a little hard to believe. We give him solids more frequently than DS #1 ( i.e. 3 times a day) but the total quantity is no more than 4-5 tbsp. I will reduce that and see what happens,. Thanks for your suggestions
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Registered: 06-07-2007
Wed, 08-24-2011 - 9:26am
Well. I have not changed my diet but the cycle may have something to do with it. but I got AF 15 days after DS was born. So you woud think he must be used to the flavor changes by now :-)