9 MONTHS- not wanting to BF as much

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Registered: 12-05-2007
9 MONTHS- not wanting to BF as much
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Mon, 03-23-2009 - 12:09am

Ok- so my LO is 9 months


I have been nursing 4x per day for months


I plan to start to wean once she is 12 months


But, until then EBF.


She has never had a bottle and only breastfeeds.


I have a manual pump.


She is able to drink water and EBM out of a sippy cup.


This was my day for the last few months:


7:30 BF


8:00 Breakfast


10:30/11:00 BF


12:00 lunch


1:30-nap


3:00/3:30 BF


5:00/5:30 dinner


6:00 6:30BF and bed


Today at 10:30 she did not want to BF- so I tried to pump a little- with manual pump- did not get much and I was thinking she may have not been hungry yet-?


So- at 12:00 she had lunch and after that before nap at 1:30 I BF


Then, when she woke up and normally nurses- she did not want to- probally cause again she was not hungry cause she nursed later


I offered her to BF before dinner- and she did not want to


But, then after dinner she did-


So today she ONLY BF 3 times and not 4.


I am just worried my supply will go down if she nurses 3 times instead of 4. But, I do not think she is hungry for 4 anymore.


If I continue with three will it be ok?


I started to pump the other day at night so I can freeze some for sippy cups.


But, I only get like 2-3 oz at night since that was not really a feeding time.

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Registered: 10-27-2006
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 9:08am

I think there may be a few things going on.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 9:40am

First, Pumping 2 to 3 ounces is a good amount; the average is 0.5 to 3 ounces, so it is the top end of the normal range. At the moment, your supply seems OK.....

but

There are some things in the baby's program that may lead to problems at this age.

Three meals a day is a fair bit a nine months if you want to bf for longer, and could be replacing breastmilk, which should be the main source of nutrition for the first 12 months.

Foods can be started in smaller amounts.

Also, nursing should be offered before a meal, and then the meal as a top up, if the baby desires a taste. So the breakfast 1/2 and hour after nursing seems about right. But If I then bf around 10:30 - 11:00, I would wait till later, then bf again around 12:30, then offer a small taste of solids for lunch at 1:00 pm, just before the nap. This would fit in an extra bf there.

The bf after waking up around 3:00 seems about right at that stage, but in the afternoon, at 5:30, I would offer another extra nursing session, just before another small taste of solids for dinner.

This could then be followed with the last nursing before bed.

This would bring the number of nursing sessions to six a day, which is better at this age, and more in line with recommendations. It would also ensure that the solids are just tastes after nursing sessions, and not big meals that are replacing too much breastmilk, which is a more nutritious and calorie dense food than many solids.

By the way, just mentioning that you do not have to wean once a baby is one year old. There are lots of nutritional, immune and emotional benefits to the baby in continuing for a lot longer, and even following child led weaning. You may already know this, and it is your decision. But just so you don't assume you have to wean at that age if both the baby and you are happy to continue even with some nursing sessions.

Teresa




Edited 3/23/2009 5:03 pm ET by teresagem
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Registered: 12-05-2007
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 11:32pm

Thanks for your advice!


I let her play with a toy today and it helped a little.


She only drinks a little water- all day.


She loves her solids though also and is having so much fun feeding herself!


But, I am going to keep 4 sessions for a while longer if I can!


I am also storing some just incase she doesn't want it sometime I can at least offer it in a sippy cup.


Thanks again!


Also, we will be late crawlers too for sure!


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Registered: 12-05-2007
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 11:38pm

Thanks for your advice. My LO won't nurse that much and that close together. I think she fills up from nursing and if I offer it again she is not one of those babies that will just take it.


She turns her head unless she wants it. She also gets mad if I try to nurse her when she does not want to.


For example- you mentioned to nurse prior to dinner- which I have been these last few days- at like 5pm- then dinner


but, when she goes to bed around 6:00/6:30- she won't nurse again-


so, she just goes to bed


but, I offer it


I thought I should try to BF before dinner so she would take what she wanted first while hungrier-


Thanks again!

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 7:22am

Well another thing some mothers try is a dream feed - just before you are ready to go to bed, getting her from her bed and nursing her, even if she is sleepy.

However, she may be nursing fairly efficiently and getting a good amount of breastmilk in each session. Do try and stick to at least the number of sessions you are doing for the time being, even if she won't have any more.

Teresa

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Registered: 12-05-2007
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 9:11am

Thanks!


But, why would I wake a sleeping baby to feed her? She has been STTN since 14 weeks. Not quite sure I understand why I would wake her for that. I do not think she would even eat then - she would just be pissed!


But, thanks for you sugesstions! =)

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Registered: 12-05-2007
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 9:12am

I did hear of that- I thought that was for younger babies- But, I always thought once she is sleeping at night- not to wake her