9 month old lost intrest in nursing

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Registered: 08-13-2008
9 month old lost intrest in nursing
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Thu, 01-14-2010 - 4:29pm

My son has nursed well from the beginning but now he seems to have lost interest in nursing. He usually wakes around 5 and I nurse him, he eats well for 10 minutes before falling asleep. He stays asleep until usually 8 when sometimes I can get him to nurse for 15 minutes (his normal time length) other times I can get him to nurse well on the first side but nothing on the second then other times he wakes up and does not want to nurse at all. Then I usually try 3 or 4 times during the day to get him to nurse but he is not interested or will for a minute than completely stops whether we are in a dark quiet place or not. I can get him to nurse well in the evenings and before bed but he falls asleep during his final feeding but I let him because I want him to get the milk.

I have sort of been withholding solids because I know the breast milk is most important and I have been nursing him to sleep so he will at least get a little. Any suggestions or ideas of what to do to get him to nurse better during the day or is it normal for a 9 month old to only willingly nurse twice a day? Thanks

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 4:49pm

Is he getting bottles at all during the day?


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Registered: 08-13-2008
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 5:00pm
I give him a sippy cup 3x a day (at meals) with about 1 1/2 -2 oz of water but no bottles of expressed breast milk.
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 5:22pm

This is such a hard age with BF - my 3rd DS will be 9 months on the 23rd of this month and I see it coming. lol!

Couple more questions

Are you feeding any solids?

How many times total in 24 hours is he BF?

How many wet diapers in 24 hours?

Have you considered offering EBM in the sippy instead of water?

Have you considered doing a dreamfeed to get an extra session in?

FWIW, my second DS only started solids around 9 months. Your milk is more than enough nutrition for the entire first year. So no worries about not offering solids - they are just for fun and practice at this age.

Also it is completely fine and normal to let baby fall asleep at the breast. "Many moms feel guilty for nursing their baby to sleep. Nursing your baby to sleep is not a bad thing to do! It's very normal and developmentally appropriate for babies to nurse to sleep and to wake 1-3 times during the night for the first year or so. Some babies don't do this, but they are the exception, not the rule. Many children, if given the choice, prefer to nurse to sleep through the second year and beyond. Nursing is obviously designed to comfort baby and to help baby sleep, and I've never seen a convincing reason why mothers shouldn't use this wonderful "tool" that we've been given." http://www.kellymom.com/parenting/sleep/comfortnursing.html



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Registered: 08-13-2008
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 5:45pm

Are you feeding any solids? I was told at 4 months to start solids because he was nursing so much and a big baby. I have always underfed him solids just 3-4T per meal and really just added in the 3rd meal. I mostly give him 2T cereal with 1-2T fruit or veggie but lately he has not been eating all that much of solids ether.

How many times total in 24 hours is he BF? 5-6, he sleeps from 7:30pm to usually anywhere between 4-5am. I nurse and he falls asleep for another few hours.

How many wet diapers in 24 hours? I'm not real sure but I would say about 6. I asked my pediatrician at the 9 month visit about this because I was concerned and he said when solids are started there are less wet diapers because they are no longer on a liquid only diet?

Have you considered offering EBM in the sippy instead of water? I have really just started to get concerned about this and thought I might try this tomorrow.