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Breastfeeding Help

My son is about to be 7 months old and he is acting like he dont want to nurse anymore, he is pulling away and fussing. i feel a let down and when he pull away i see milk dripping out but tonight when he did that i tred to pump off to see what was happening and i got NOTHING!! anybody have any suggestions? he does he ceral in the morning baby food in the afternoon and evening and cereal before bed, but he nurses before solids.HELP!!

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Asked by KayliesMom07 at 12:15 AM on Oct. 30, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • don't freak if you don't get anything when you pump it is NOT an indicator of how much you are producing. he is probably teething, and at this age, they get really distracted while they are nursing too- just wanting to see the world around them, because they can, now his eyesight is develloped enough to see all kinds of cool things!
    try wearing a string of beads that he can play with while he nurses to draw his attention close to you. and if he is teething, rub a drop of benadryl on his gums, it takes the swelling way down!
    also, he may be reacting to something that is in your milk that you've been eating- dairy, spicy, cabbage family... or he may be getting way too much solid food- i didn't even introduce solids until they were about 10 months old. try cutting back, and see how he does.
    mine went through "nursing strikes"- don't offer anything but the breast, and he WILL nurse. you stay hydrated, and hang in there!

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 12:25 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • I was going to type out a bunch, but Obby typed it for me. Yay Obby! lol

    And eww nursing strikes are the pits.. My son was doing this at 6 months after I ate a bunch of coleslaw.

    And is it at all possible you have thrush? If you did that could be the culprit. Your areola would be shiny, it would hurt or burn to nurse, and there would be a bunch of white in his mouth.

    This too.. shall pass :)

    Answer by JamesAndMe at 12:36 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • Great posts above! :-)

    Answer by obrn4u at 1:00 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • Ditto what everyone else said. My first had a strike just before his teeth came in EVERY time he got teeth and he went on to nurse until 18 months old and only weaned because I was pregnant and it changed to colostrum. Usually only a couple days. Keep offering and pump to keep up supply and relieve engorgement.

    Answer by aeneva at 9:45 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • It also could be teething making him not feel like nursing. Buy some teething tablets and give him two before each feeding and see if that helps.

    You most likely didn't get anything when you pumped because you're really stressed out. Don't worry, your baby is much better at getting the milk out than a pump.

    Other possibilities: you could be pregnant, you could be eating something that makes your milk taste or smell bad to baby (garlic,onion, etc.), or you may be trying to feed him to often (he may need less now that he's on solids).

    Keep offering the breast before solids and do as aeneva said.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 9:57 AM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • Last week i also had a little bit of spotting that lasted for a day and 1/2 along with this milk problem. i continued to nurse him and he sitll is not wanting to eat he just plain refuses. he used to wake up in the morning and eat and he refused comepletly today. i drink water like crazy and i havent ate anything that is different than before. i dont know if this is a sign of another pregnancy or not. i also dont know when i could have gotten pregnant if iam because i dont have a period to go by. ugh! when he wouldnt eat thismorning i pumped and got like 2 oz. combined.

    Answer by KayliesMom07 at 12:30 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

  • he probably doesn't want to breast feed anymore... thats when i stoped my son. at 7 1/2 months....!! now i feed him a bottle its a lot better...!!
    you could also pump and just put it in a bottle....!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:26 PM on Oct. 30, 2009

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