He's losing interest...

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He's losing interest...
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Sun, 06-20-2010 - 3:16pm
Henry is going to be 6 months next week. The last couple weeks I have noticed that he's increasingly resistant to
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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sun, 06-20-2010 - 5:53pm

Remind me: he's getting a bottle while you work, right?


You're still using the slowest flow bottle nipples? Does DC specifically try to do paced bottle feeding to make him take the bottle slowly?


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Registered: 11-08-2007
Sun, 06-20-2010 - 7:04pm

Hi! Thanks for the reply. Yes, he does get a bottle at daycare. I have them using the slow-flow nipples and the paced feedings. One good thing; his daytime consumption is finally down...it was a struggle for his DCP to keep him happy. He's now eating about 10oz (rather than the 13-15 oz) in a 9-9.5 hour day. Maybe he's just become more efficient and is ready to switch breasts? I've been block feeding him (4 H blocks on the weekends

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sun, 06-20-2010 - 7:26pm

Yep, as long as you feel like the oversupply symptoms are behind you, I'd feel comfortable moving to two breasts per feeding. That's definitely worth a shot.


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Sun, 06-20-2010 - 9:50pm
Keep in mind that this is the age where babies start to become VERY distracted! Any little sound (sometimes even imaginary ones) will prompt them to pop right off and look around. It is a daily struggle for us! My baby sometimes eats so little during the day that he's up 3 times at night! It will pass, hopefully sooner than later.
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Registered: 02-25-2008
Mon, 06-21-2010 - 2:22am
I just wanted to chime in and say hang in there! My daughter went through an incredibly distractible stage from about 6 months until maybe 8 -9 months. That sounds like a long time, and it kinda was, but we pushed through it with a lot of nursing sessions in the bedroom, away from all distractions. I also tried to offer to nurse a little more often and sometimes a little less often. Sometimes spacing the feedings out seemed to help, but it was a tough time, for sure. I basically gave up nursing in public during that time. We are finally at a place again where she can stay focused at the breast without popping off every two seconds with milk spraying everywhere! :)

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 06-21-2010 - 3:50am

First, it is quite common for babies to nurse for shorter periods once they reach this age. They nurse very efficiently, and can be finished much faster than before, then are ready to be off and explore the world again. Is this what is happening?

Second, is he teething? Teeth can be making the gums very sore long before the erupt, and this can make nursing uncomfortable. Using a remedy for the pain can help.

Is he still having enough wet diapers? If so, you can be sure he is getting enough milk, even if he does not feed for as long.

Teresa

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Mon, 06-21-2010 - 12:17pm

Just curious, how are the oversupply symptoms going? Still having spitting up, green stools, etc. or is that pretty much behind you?


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Mon, 06-21-2010 - 1:45pm

I think that he

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Mon, 06-21-2010 - 1:48pm

We may have talked about this already but are you trying breast compressions while you nurse to keep him interested?


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Mon, 06-21-2010 - 1:55pm

Thanks, Teresa. He's sure chewing and drooling like he's teething, but I don't see anything in his mouth yet. No swollen gums...His sister was the same way. I'd never seen a baby drool so much in my life! Starting at 3 months I was convinced she was going to start teething but she didn't get her first tooth until she was

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