my weaning 6 month baby wont breastfeed

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my weaning 6 month baby wont breastfeed
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Tue, 07-06-2010 - 2:11am

i have recently started to wean my 6 month baby girl but she is now getting really fussy on the breast. she often

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Tue, 07-06-2010 - 8:36am

Thanks for stopping by! Would it be ok if we asked a few questions?


Why are you choosing to wean her at this point? I'm not understanding why if you're choosing to wean, you're apprehensive about giving formula. What's your breastfeeding goal at this point?


How many times a day are you nursing?


Do you pump at all currently? Do you own a high quality pump?


Are you currently giving any formula?


Do you give solids at all? If so, how much?


Are you on any hormonal birth control?


Any health problems that might affect supply (PCOS, anemia, thyroid, hormonal issues, breast surgeries)?


If you can let us know some more details, we'd be happy to give you some tips. Hang in there, mama!


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Tue, 07-06-2010 - 3:13pm
hi there. thanks so much for responding to my problem. i live in the uk and here we call starting solid food
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Registered: 09-10-2009
Tue, 07-06-2010 - 3:22pm

Ah, now I understand. Can you answer my other questions and also let us know how much solids she's currently getting?


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Registered: 07-06-2010
Tue, 07-06-2010 - 3:56pm

hi there.


i would say she is succesfully nursing about 3 times a day and refusing to feed

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Tue, 07-06-2010 - 4:23pm

Thanks for the quick reply, Steph.


Cerazette is a progesterone-only pill so that's good. My first inclination is just that she's not nursing enough and getting too many solids and that has caused your supply to drop. Of course, as your supply drops, she's less likely to want to put the work forth to solicit a letdown and the cycle continues.


Three solid meals a day is a ton for

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Registered: 07-06-2010
Tue, 07-06-2010 - 4:35pm

hi there.


will definately try the expressing to the point of let down, brill idea.


i do always offer the breast first but will try the above and see if that helps.


i have been led by her as to how much solid food she wants. she just hasnt been satisfied with only small amounts so far (my other 2 children were the same). i think what you say is true in that she doesnt want to put the effort in as it is far easier to have a spoon put in your mouth or to feed from a bottle. i really prey that your advice above helps. thank you soooo much for your time.


steph x

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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 6:53am

hi there. i just wanted to let you know how things

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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 9:12am

That is great. Way to go. Thanks for letting us know how things went.

Teresa

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Sun, 07-11-2010 - 10:08am
What a wonderful update!

Theresa


Mama to two girls; birth choice and breastfeeding advocate

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Wed, 07-14-2010 - 7:27pm

can i jump on this thread and say I'm in the same boat? My son is about to turn 6 months old and we have had major trouble with him getting frustrated waiting on my let down ever since he went to day care where he started getting bottles 3 x day. I use a nipple shield to help trick him into thinking it is the bottle and that has worked for a while. But this past weekend he got fussy i think due to teething and then wouldn't nurse hardly at all which made him fussier because he got hungry. I broke down and gave him bottles and pumped a lot during the weekend, which may have made the situation worse. He only nurses if the milk comes out super fast (like the morning), but not at times when my supply is lower (6pm). It is getting super frustrating and I don't know if I can keep doing this. Here is his schedule:


  • 5 - 6am: nurses
  • 9am: bottle / I pump at work
  • 12pm: bottle / I pump at work
  • 3pm: bottle / I pump at work
  • 6pm: used to nurse, but have had to give bottle past 4 days
  • 9pm: nurses, only a little
  • 10pm: I pump extra to make up for lack of supply in the day
  • sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the night and nurses

    I am not on birth control and we have not started solids yet, though I would like to start them this weekend. He only gets breastmilk (no formula) and I do not have any health problems. I will also try the pumping first to get the letdown started and see if that helps us. I use the Medela pump in style advanced.

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