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doesnt want milk

Ok my lovely 81/2 month old girl has been a wonderful eater. I have been breastfeeding just fine from the start. she is now also getting cereal, fruits and vegies (stage 2 ) baby food and has been eating like a champ until today. yes she has 5 teeth in already and I think #6 is on the way but today is a new one on me. She refuses to breast feed at all. She eats everything else like normal. She has no fever, she went #2 just fine and drinks a little water at a time from a sippy cup. She has never been able to drink from a bottle. She gets a formula with her cereal to support me some days with no problem. I hope this is only temp. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

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mtk35

Asked by mtk35 at 9:25 PM on Dec. 29, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Some babies do self wean and this just might be here time. You can still express milk and see if she will take it from a sippy cup. If not increase her formula and cut out most of the water just in case she is filling up on that.
    midnightmoma

    Answer by midnightmoma at 9:29 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • this is the right age for a (temporary) nursing strike. try to keep her hydrated with water; she will start taking the breast again in a day or two.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:29 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • Babies do NOT self wean before, at the earliest, 1.5 - 2 yrs old. Rkoloms is right it is a TEMPORARY nursing strike. Please look up nursing strike on kellymom.com to help your further.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • It could be from the teething. Try some tylenol, and make sure that she is nursing before she gets any other food or liquid.
    threeeunder3

    Answer by threeeunder3 at 10:08 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • Babies do self wean if they are filling up on cereal, fruits, veggies and water.. And babies most certainly can self wean at 9 to 12 months of age because they are eating more foods and becoming very active..Threeunder3 said it best, offer breast before anything else..
    midnightmoma

    Answer by midnightmoma at 10:29 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • Midnightmoma~ "True SELF-weaning before a baby is a year old is very uncommon. In fact, it is unusual for a baby to wean before 18-24 months unless mom is encouraging weaning." Please read the rest of the following article to help you understand self weaning and what it is and is not. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babyselfwean.html


    OP~ A "NURSING STRIKE"is a baby's very sudden reluctance to nurse, whether or not he is accustomed to rubber nipples. It is not the same as being ready to wean (which happens gradually), but signals some discomfort in the baby's life: an earache or stuffy nose, houseguests, teething, a parent's new job, being scolded for biting. Nursing strikes are fairly common... and fixable. Nursing the baby in his sleep, for instance, is a time-honored way of ending a strike.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:53 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

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