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7 month old son disinterested in breastfeeding....

My son has always refused formula or bm from a bottle, so breastfeeding has been my only option. Now that he's crawling and moving around well, he would rather play than nurse. How do I keep his interest and insure that he's getting enough milk?

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sbailey

Asked by sbailey at 9:18 PM on Jun. 19, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • He won't let himself go hungry. Don't worry. It's normal. Enjoy it, your job just got easier.
    Eliza34

    Answer by Eliza34 at 9:30 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Ah, nursing strikes. They're a pain in the butt! Now that he's moving around more and learning about the world, nursing just doesn't seem interesting. Kellymom.com has a great article on getting baby back to the breast during a strike:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html
    elleinad

    Answer by elleinad at 9:30 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • you need to start intro him the bottle or the slippy cup..

    do it in quiet places with no toys and nothing around.. only you and him. if you wanted you can watch tv while feeding but not too loud.. and the baby channel... like morning news or something..
    or he maybe teething too..

    mommytobe24

    Answer by mommytobe24 at 9:35 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Your son knows the good stuff. LOL

    You do NOT need to start him on a bottle. I'm not really sure why that was suggested. As far as the nursing strike goes...just keep offering the breast. Try to nurse him in a quiet place and don't fret if he nurses less than normal for a couple of days. It's completely normal and usually only last a few days.

    Nursing strikes normally happen around times when they are learining new things such crawling, pulling up, etc. Be ready for the big 9 month strike that most kids go through to!! :)
    miasmommy21407

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 10:15 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • 7 months! You're doing a great job, keep up the good work! Your son sounds like he's right on target! That's great news, even if it's scary to not have him nursing as often.

    Around the time they find a new interest, toddlers seem to nurse less and less. As long as you are available for him to nurse when he is needing to eat (demand feeding), then you and he will be fine. You may also find that he is nursing more in the evenings to make up for "lost" time during the day. That's ok, and it will help keep up your supply.

    Keep other foods, like solids, formula, etc, away until he has nursed first.

    You're doing great. You may also like the cafemom group www.cafemom.com/group/breastfeedingtoddlers The women there are nursing older children and have great experience and offer wonderful support and encouragment.
    wearingyourbaby

    Answer by wearingyourbaby at 10:54 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • i felt this way too, they just need less at this age cuz they are getting more... im not sure if that makes sense??
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • i felt this way too, they just need less at this age cuz they are getting more... im not sure if that makes sense??
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • keep strong! you are doing good!!
    shetibo

    Answer by shetibo at 1:30 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

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