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How do I reverse "reverse cycling?"

Posted by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM
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I pumped throughout the summer while I worked, and DS2 started reverse cycling.

My summer job is now over, but DS2 is still eating throughout the night and only 2 to 3 times during the day.  He's now 8 months old.

I offer the breast at least 10 times throughout the day, hoping to get him to eat, but he turns up his nose.  Ffrom 2 a.m. to 8 a.m., he's on the breast about once per hour.  (We bed-share, so it's endurable--but barely!)

We don't NEED the reverse-cycling now, so what steps can I take to reverse it?  I'd love to get decent sleep between 2 and 8!!!

by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:28 PM

What you're already doing. Offer the breast regularly. You can also check out Dr. Jay's night weaning method.

Corinnesingh
by Bronze Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I am sorry I am new to this , I haven't nursed for almost 10 yrs.. What is reverse cycling

3MusketeerMama
by Emma Rye on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:21 PM

When baby refuses any milk away from mom and then nurses like a fiend when she is back to make up for all the lost time, or nurses mostly at night and infrequently during the day.

Quoting Corinnesingh:

I am sorry I am new to this , I haven't nursed for almost 10 yrs.. What is reverse cycling


Corinnesingh
by Bronze Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Thanks! 

Quoting 3MusketeerMama:

When baby refuses any milk away from mom and then nurses like a fiend when she is back to make up for all the lost time, or nurses mostly at night and infrequently during the day.

Quoting Corinnesingh:

I am sorry I am new to this , I haven't nursed for almost 10 yrs.. What is reverse cycling



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aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Sep. 16, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Yep! Keep offering frequently throughout the day. That's all you can do.

GoodyBrook
by Silver Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Today he nursed in the morning about 8 a.m.    Then he nursed a bit about 3 p.m. and a bit at 6 p.m.  It's now 9 p.m., and he's still not wanting anything.  :(

I know tonight is going to be non-stop nursing from about midnight on....  Wish me luck!

polkaspots
by Gold Member on Sep. 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I would have someone else watch him for a night and give the bottles so that he nursed madly the next day. Sometimes it only takes one day to fix a routine.
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Junebaby18
by Nannerz on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:18 AM
Is he getting solids at all? If so, I would stop those (or at least slow down a lot) until he nurses well during the day.
GoodyBrook
by Silver Member on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

 


Quoting Junebaby18:

Is he getting solids at all? If so, I would stop those (or at least slow down a lot) until he nurses well during the day.


Good thought.

He self-feeds solids every couple of days only at dinner.  In a full day his consumption might be 6 peas or about 1 tablespoon avocado. 

SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Sep. 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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You're also right at a really distractible age...  make sure your nursing spot is dark and quiet and give him something to play with while nursing.   Just keep offering during the day, he'll get it!

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