Faster Nursing?

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Registered: 01-30-2008
Faster Nursing?
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Mon, 03-23-2009 - 9:38am

Hi there from a frequent, grateful lurker!

I will try to keep this as concise as I can but may fail since I am (always) rushing and do have a lot of questions. And I know that often you all ask for more information so I will just try to include what I can!

Do older babies nurse faster/more efficiently?

My just-turned 7 mo has been decreasing his nursing time for about 6 wks. That is, while he used to nurse for at least twenty minutes (about 10 minutes per side) now that is reduced to at most 15 and often 10 or even less total.

He is EBF, except we started solids a few weeks ago. He gets at most a little over a teaspoon of one solid per day (doesn't seem too interested) and not every day. He has never taken a bottle (I got what I now consider *bad* advice from the hospital LC, who said not to try until 4 wks, by then he just refused, and has since. I really wish he would take a bottle and I can't tell you how much pumped milk I've had to throw out trying to teach him...but that's another sob story...). We are trying to teach him to use a cup but it's not going great and he doesn't take more than a sip or two of water.

I know this is not what you recommend, but he fell into a pattern of 6 (and rarely 7) nursing sessions per day before he was three months old and that hasn't changed. What has changed is the duration.

I don't pump VERY often, but from when I do, it does seem I get milk much quicker than I did early on, so this makes me think maybe he is getting what he needs quicker, too?

Two other things: 1) distraction - yes, he is distracted! Has been for at least two months. Even in a dark room! But we work with it. In fact I'd have to say that the total time trying to nurse has increased - because there are pauses - it's just the actual sucking time that is less, if that makes sense? Also, we really can't NIP anymore because of this 2)burping - for the past months, he has burped more consistently (needs at least two per nursing session) and more dramatically - these are good, frat boy burps.

I've tried giving him "extra" feedings. He will always latch on, but the time he nurses will be even shorter (even just seconds, or if the interval is split, about half the time, if that makes sense).

Should I worry?

A related question, about solids: since he is nursing for less time, I am reluctant to fill him up with solids. I know that solids are just for fun until 12 mos...but my question is how (particularly in my situation, when I want to be sure he gets enough bm) to transition? Do I just trust that he will seem to want more at some point before then?

As for his weight - he was last weighed at his 6 mo checkup. He had fallen percentile wise (from about 65 to just over 50) since 4 mos, but I learned from here that's normal for bf babies, and I only know that b/c I looked it up - the pedi had no concerns. But a month has gone by since then...

Thanks, in advance, for your comments on any and all of this!

Cheers,
Alisa

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Registered: 10-27-2006
In reply to: mobylisa
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 3:03pm

I'll tackle a few questions!

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Registered: 01-30-2008
In reply to: mobylisa
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 6:16pm

Hi! Thanks for the information. I think I will google nursing necklace; it's worth a try!

I'm pretty sure he's meeting the wetting requirement, although I will say it's not even round the clock...he seems to go much more overnight and before noon than in the afternoon and evening.

I'm also pretty sure I'm nursing "on demand" - that is, I do follow a schedule, but if he were to indicate he wanted to nurse at another time, I would nurse him. But that almost never happens. I think I end up always feeding him before he's really hungry...he almost never shows "hunger signs" except by latching on and eating. (And if it's not a usual time, he'll latch on and just pop off) Hope this is ok!

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Registered: 10-27-2006
In reply to: mobylisa
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 7:14pm

Those wets are in 24 hours -- I think my DD's first morning diaper was nearly all of them at times.

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Registered: 12-05-2007
In reply to: mobylisa
Mon, 03-23-2009 - 11:41pm

He has never taken a bottle (I got what I now consider *bad* advice from the hospital LC, who said not to try until 4 wks, by then he just refused, and has since. I really wish he would take a bottle and I can't tell you how much pumped milk I've had to throw out trying to teach him...but that's another sob story...). We are trying to teach him to use a cup but it's not going great and he doesn't take more than a sip or two of water.


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Mine never took a bottle either- But, I did not care


I was very selfish and only wanted to BF anyways! =)


But, cups- I started with the nuby one- cause my LO would just bite down and get the water out- I used it for a few weeks- TO LEARN


Now- I use the playtex one- she does awesome and sucks really well out of it- She gulps down ounces in there


so- now at 9 Months - I feel confident if need be- I can leave a few ounces in a sippy for her


what cup did you try?

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Registered: 01-30-2008
In reply to: mobylisa
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 9:29am

Hi!

Well I didn't *really* care, either - but now I see that it would be great if I could leave for more than two hours, once in a while - in may I have to give a talk at a conference and it's going to be really awkward (and expensive) to bring LO - not like I'd be gone for more than say eight hours (if I could go myself) but that means he'll need to eat!

We've tried playtex sippy , without the valve, since he never sucks anything (but me!). He'll play with them but just doesn't seem to understand the concept of "drinking." If we help him (or he happens to get a drop or two) he may or may not drink it.

He's seven months old, and I'm just starting to think he should be able to figure this stuff out! And I do worry about the added trauma he and dh would go through if something were to happen so I couldn't feed him...

Then there are all the babies in my PG who not only drink by themselves from bottles, sippy cups, and regular cups, but eat tons of solids per day and can feed themselves...I try to remember that my LO will get there but sometimes it's hard not to worry I'm doing something wrong.

Nuk cups, you say? I will look for them!

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Registered: 12-05-2007
In reply to: mobylisa
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 9:59am

Hey-


I started with the NUBY one - two handles- it is easy for them to get liquid- they just bite down and it come out- I used that for a few weeks and then switched to the other one once she got the idea-


now she takes the other one much better


But, My lo IS 2 months older than yours


when was yours born?


Mine was born 6-17


Mine eats 3 meals a day now also


it is hard to compare babies- Mine can pick up finger foods- but, not crawl- they each do it at their own time


Good luck with trying that cup- let me know if it works


I got the idea from someone else on the board- it was a great idea and really worked for us


*FYI- My lo can hold cup- however! not at angle to drink


I still need to tilt it up for her


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Registered: 01-30-2008
In reply to: mobylisa
Tue, 03-24-2009 - 10:08am

Nuby, got it! I'll look out for it, thanks. I hope one of these days the light just dawns on him that he can get food or drink in more than one place!

Yes, he's almost exactly 2 mos younger than yours...b.8-19!

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