HELP!!!!!

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Registered: 06-25-2008
HELP!!!!!
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Fri, 11-27-2009 - 9:31pm

You have been so helpful when I have had previous questions and I am not sure whats going on now so I just need help, confirmation, information.. something! My little man is 9.5 months old and has been breastfed exclusively...

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Registered: 07-25-2006
In reply to: sallymk
Sat, 11-28-2009 - 11:29pm

Sorry we didn't get to your question until now! Congrats on 9.5 months!!


It has been a long day, and I'm sorry...but I'm not seeing a straight-forward question/issue. Has he totally stopped nursing? Has he just cut back sessions?


Did I read correctly that baby gets 9 ounce bottles? Is that just when you're working?


The amount of solids that he's getting at 9 months would lead to early weaning, definitely. He's

 

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Registered: 06-25-2008
In reply to: sallymk
Sun, 11-29-2009 - 9:45am
Sorry... i guess it was just more of a ughh is this normal? Yes you are correct he is getting an 8 or 9 oz bottle while I am at work is that crazy? I think my real question is does that schedule sound "normal" or okay? How long should a normal nursing session be? Yesterday I tried giving solids after his morning nursing session and then waited and didn't give him any at 11am and gave it to him at 3pm instead... he nursed really well last night and this morning so maybe he was just getting too much in a short period of time? If I were to cut back on solids
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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: sallymk
Sun, 11-29-2009 - 12:05pm

Yes 8 or 9 ounce bottles are CRAZY. We rarely see a BF baby need even a 5 ounce bottle. IMO baby is getting to much in the bottles so nursing less. I would suggest cutting down SLOWLY on the bottles to get that back to a more manageable amount. You can cut back by about 1/2 ounce every 4-5 days because at this point babies tummy is probably stretched a bit.

Also to many solids. At 9 months the MAXIMUM amount of solids would be twice a day and those are small amounts - maybe 2 tablespoons. Some babies (like my second) do not even start solids until around 9 months (or later) and are only getting solids once every few days. To many solids as Theresa mentioned will lead to early weaning. During the first year solids are really just for fun, your BM should be the primary nutrition and has more than enough for the first year and beyond.

This gives a good idea of the maximum amounts baby should be getting at this age http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm

This gives an idea too of the progression with solids: "Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child - there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby's diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months." http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#howmuch

Instead of spoon feeding, have you considered baby led solids? This lets baby regulate how much he takes by picking up small amounts on his own. Some ideas for finger foods: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html

My 7 month old has just started solids and loves to be handed a piece of Broccoli it has a natural "handle" in the stem and he can chew on the floret. I have also given him a few pieces of Avocado and he has had artichoke and some small bits of Turkey. By offereing the food and letting baby control how much baby takes this is much more natural as baby can stop more easily than when mom or dad is spoon feeding. If this sounds like something you are interested in we have more links on that.

The length of sessions can vary greatly and may be quite short if mom has oversupply ( and with the HUGE amounts you are pumping I would suspect that you do). For lurkers I do want to point out that most moms pump between .5 and 3 ounces per pumping session NOT per breast. FWIW, Both of my older 2 nursed every 2-3 hours for the entire first year.

HTH, follow up with additonal questions.



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Registered: 06-25-2008
In reply to: sallymk
Sun, 11-29-2009 - 7:46pm
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help!!! I will definitely try everything!! Does anything change if I only plan on nursing until he is just over a year old? I want to make it through flu season so I was planning on being done around late March or early April? Thank you again for all the help!!!!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: sallymk
Sun, 11-29-2009 - 10:03pm

I agree he’s eating lots of solids and taking very large bottles of ebm for his age. Likely he’s also used to the fast flow from the bottles and since he’s taking so much solids and bottles your supply has probably dipped.


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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: sallymk
Sun, 11-29-2009 - 11:40pm

Well, breastmilk is to be the PRIMARY source of nutrition for the entire first year.

Is there a reason you plan to wean in the spring? The reason I ask is that some people are not aware that the World Health Organization, American Academy of Family Physicians and others recommend BF for a minimum of 2 years? There are many benefits to continuing to BF and some of the benefits actually INCREASE after the first year http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

I do know that you are pumping at work but many moms choose to stop pumping at work shortly after the first year and continue BF at night and on the weekends for many many months (or even years) so that baby continues to receive the benefits of breastmilk.

Even if you do still think you want to wean in the spring, I would still not add a 3rd tasting until AFTER the first year. As Kathy said if baby is getting to many solids and to much in bottles, then there is less interest in nursing.

One thing I am not sure if any of us asked or if you said, but are you still using the slowest flow newborn nipples? Breastfed babies should not ever get the faster flow nipples. The faster flow mipples can lead to a bottle preference due to the easy flow.



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