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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!