Struggles with the last feed before bedtime

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Struggles with the last feed before bedtime
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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 10:19pm

My son is 8 months old and EBF with a few solids right now.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Fri, 01-21-2011 - 10:26pm
Have you ever tried pumping just to letdown so that the milk is "right there" for him?
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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Sat, 01-22-2011 - 7:35pm
Yes I have and there has been a bit of milk (probably 5 drops) collected in the container and he still freaks out and cries when it doesnt come fast enough.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Sat, 01-22-2011 - 9:52pm
How about trying to do that last feed a little earlier so he's not so overtired and frustrated? Just trying to think of ideas....
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iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 01-23-2011 - 6:58pm
His night routine is:

Book
Some tastes of solids 6pm
Bath time with Dad 6:30ish
Nurse
Bed by 7:30

He doesnt fall asleep on the breast. How would you switch up his routine to nurse him a bit earlier...before bath or before solids? I find that he doesnt take much for solids after nursing because he`s full, of course.

Thanks for your help Dana!

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 1:02am


<< I find that he doesnt take much for solids after nursing because he`s full, of course.>>

I wouldn't worry so much about him talking lots of solids at his age as prior to 12 months current recomdations say that BF babies should recieve no 25% of their diet from solids. Nutritionally, solids are not a important part of the BF babies in terms of quantity. While there is an emphisis with FF babies getting the baby to take large amonts of solids before a year such that it's easier to have the baby switch to cows milk at a year. With BF babies, there is less reason to wean at 12 months, if one does not want to, especially given that their are many continued health benefits to BF'ing beyond as year. As such, unless you certain you wish to wean at 12 months, then your don't need to worry so much about your baby taking large amounts of solids at this time. Generally, it is recomended that BF babies taking solids are nursed first then offered solids afterward. Don't worry too much about the amount of solids he takes so long as he is still BF'ing enough.

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