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rubber_da_glove's picture
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BF question..

Anyone else's baby getting less interested? I'm so sad. He's ALWAYS interested first thing in the morning but after that it's hit and miss until next morning Sad I'm missing it but he's too busy then when it gets to bed time he's too tired and just wants to go to sleep.

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Teagan is pretty touch and go during much of the day. She still nurses really well when I pick her up from day care and at night. She'll go 5-6 hours during the day without much more than a few quick nips. It worries me because it's so hot here. I try to make sure she stays hydrated by giving her a sippy with water when she refuses to nurse. I think she'll continue to nurse this way for some time to come. It's totally normal for them to cut back around this age. Offering up the boob is about the best we can do to try to keep them nursing.

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Odin gets less interested during the day when my preschoolers are around and there is a lot of activity. He will hop on for like 3-4 min and then get distracted. He likes eating 'food' more because he can still watch all the action. He nurses a ton more when the kids go home and before they arrive.

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LOVE your new siggy pics!

Owen is still doing well, but he does tend to pop off more and gets distracted very easily. I have been engorged a few times this past month, so he is definitely nursing less...but he's been every 2 hours since birth, so I think we are fine.

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No bf here but Delaney isn't that interested in a bottle anymore than 1 first thing in the morning and before bed. She is more interested in eating real food. Smile

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Ronin still loves his boobie. During the day feeds are generally fast and furious and forget about nursing while out, but at night before bed it's not uncommon for him to be latched on feeding for a half hour of so and he feeds all night for short bursts as well, but that is mostly comfort and reconnecting that I am still there (lately he screams if he can't feel me next to him)

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Some days Aiden is boobie obsessed, other days I make him eat for a few minutes after 4-5 hours because I am not pumping unless I absolutely have to! lol. For example, today he ate at 7am which allowed me another hour of sleep. By noon I had enough and made him eat. He stayed on for maybe 3 minutes at most. He ate a whole 6" blueberry pancake at 9am though.

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Sophie hasn't BF'd for I think it's been 5 days now... She is so far from interested; I'm almost offended!! LOL!! She used to be interested in the morning and especially at bedtime... then mornings dribbled away and now nights are gone too Sad I'm sadder than I thought I'd be, especially for the bedtime feeding. However, I'm glad that it was her choice and not mine... and I have yet to get engorged or even fill full... So I think all in all, everything worked out the way it was supposed to Smile

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"Tanned Mommy" wrote:

Sophie hasn't BF'd for I think it's been 5 days now... She is so far from interested; I'm almost offended!! LOL!! She used to be interested in the morning and especially at bedtime... then mornings dribbled away and now nights are gone too Sad I'm sadder than I thought I'd be, especially for the bedtime feeding. However, I'm glad that it was her choice and not mine... and I have yet to get engorged or even fill full... So I think all in all, everything worked out the way it was supposed to Smile

So are you giving formula or is she just eating food. I totally wish I had your 'problem'. I am so very ready to be done with breastfeeding. She just decided about 3 weeks ago that she would not take a bottle anymore, no matter what's in it and no matter what I try I can't get her to eat more than about 2 spoonfuls of table food. She gets violently angry when I try to feed her anything she can't hold in her own hands. But the self feeding doesn't work either, because she just gets it all over herself and a 3 foot radius around her, AND she rubs it in her eyes. . . this whole feeding thing is very frustrating right now.

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Similar situation here.

Now that E knows how to crawl, she apparently can't be bothered to take time to eat or sleep.

Anyone know how many ounces they are suppose to be taking in at this age (8-9 months)? Not that I know for sure with nursing, but I think I am expecting her to nurse more than she really needs to be and I can't find a number out there that I am confident about.

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At this age, the average daily breast milk consumption is ~19 oz. Between ages 7 and 11 months, breast milk consumption is nearly cut in half. See this article (not sure if it'll work for you guys) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.ezproxy1.library.arizona.edu/pubmed/6502372?dopt=Abstract.

There's a lot of variation in that number though. So, if you think your baby is taking a lot more or a lot less you shouldn't be too worried.

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I was getting really worried because Ronin dropped a whole bottle at daycare going from around 15oz a day while there to 10oz simply because he is now too busy. I think he is on the upper end of the 19oz because he feeds a fair bit at home and all night.

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"Tanned Mommy" wrote:

However, I'm glad that it was her choice and not mine... and I have yet to get engorged or even fill full... So I think all in all, everything worked out the way it was supposed to Smile

ya, this happened with us too when we stopped. i'm glad things worked out:)

i noticed with the bottles he has been taking a bit less since we increased food.

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Erin, the link doesn't work for us. I have NO idea how much he's getting Lol It's still more than DS1 was at this age. He went 100% off milk at 7 months so I still feel like I'm achieving something making it to 9.5 months (and still going, just not very often Lol

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The link asked for a password.

If 19 ounces is average, than I guess E is doing fine. I know she gets about 12 ounces while at daycare and she nurses 2-3 times with me on top of that.

I think it's just hard because when they are infants we focus so much on making sure they get enoungh milk/formula that it's hard to let that go.

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Yeah, I figured that link would give you trouble but I was hoping it would at least let you read the abstract. Here, I'll paste it here. I don't think that violates copyright too badly.

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1984 Nov;3(5):713-20.

Breast milk volume and composition during late lactation (7-20 months).

Dewey KG, Finley DA, Lönnerdal B.

Abstract

Breast milk composition of 119 samples collected by 46 women during months 7-20 of lactation was compared with composition of 101 samples collected at 4-6 months. Breast milk intake of 10 infants was determined by test-weighing for 1 or more months during months 7-16 of lactation. Longitudinal decreases in milk concentrations of zinc, copper, and potassium, previously documented for the first 6 months, continued into the second 6 months, while protein, iron, and sodium concentrations showed no further decline. Lactose, fat, calcium, and magnesium concentrations were similar to those in earlier stages of lactation. Weaning was associated with significant changes in milk composition: When milk volume fell below 300 ml/day, there was an increase in protein and sodium and a decrease in lactose, calcium, and zinc. Breast milk intake of infants not supplemented with cow's milk or formula averaged 875 ml/day (93% of total energy intake) at 7 months and 550 ml/day (50% of total energy intake) at 11-16 months. Total energy intake increased from 610 to 735 kcal/day, but energy intake per kilogram remained constant at a relatively low 70-79 kcal/kg/day. Our results suggest the need for further studies of nutrient intake and requirements of breast-fed infants during late lactation.