Suddenly stopping BF!

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KittyRN's picture
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Suddenly stopping BF!

Hey ladies

I'm at work right now. Night shift. BOOOO!!

Anyways, from just 2 day shifts, Simon seems to be refusing the breast. I pumped a couple of times while at work and he'll take it from a bottle, but will only BF for maybe 30 seconds. I think my supply is already tanking. I'm so sad. Sad I hoped to BF for much much longer. But in a happier note, maybe AF will return and I can actually get pg.

I just dont know how to really feel. Plus I'm worried about him not getting enough fluids. His diapers seem waaaaaaaaaaay less wet. THough he is eating alot of solids. DH said he took 8 ounces tonight before bed. Before that the most ever was 6. I feel so bad that maybe he's not getting what he wants, but he wont take it from me or maybe it's not there.

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Joined: 06/22/10
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aw stupid work! they need to pass that bill that lets us get 2 years off;)

other then it sucking that he is stopping bfing, it sounds like he is still fine if he eats lots of solids and 6oz or bottles. Lucas has 4 or 5 6 oz bottles a day and only a little bit of solids.

How is it being back at work?

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Maybe try having DH offer his milk in a sippy rather than a bottle?

Just keep offering the breast, and if he's interested he'll keep going. It may be just a temporary thing as he adjusts to you being gone. Sometimes Lainey just nurses for 30 seconds or so. They are more efficient now, so they can get out more than you might think in a shorter amount of time.

We are past the age where we need to worry about number of wet diapers now. As long as his urine isn't super concentrated/smells bad, he's fine. If he's eating solids well, and you're nursing some and offering a sippy with EBM/water/whole milk (whatever you decide you want to offer) he'll be fine. Weight gain after age 1 should start to slow down considerably as he moves more and starts eating more solids. Are you still giving purees? How does he feel about finger foods? He might find that fun, and he can regulate how much he wants to eat.

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:bigarmhug:

Might be a nursing strike since things have just changed. I say to keep offering to him when you're around. If there's a time that you usually don't offer it, try that time. Hopefully in a few days he'll take back to the breast. I wouldn't worry about diaper output unless it's really yellow, smells bad, etc.
So he's still taking purees?

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Joined: 02/14/10
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Welcome back to work! He might be going through a bit of a nursing strike or perhaps he's starting to self-wean. Best you can do is keep offering the boob. He'll probably get over it in a few days once he gets used to the new routine. Even my little boob monster has those days. What's your work schedule like? Are you pumping and offering fresh milk or are you giving him milk from your freezer stash? The more you dip into the stash without pumping, the more your supply will suffer. At this point, it will take a lot for your supply to dry up. It's quite well regulated and can certainly survive a strike that lasts a few days. However, prolonged decrease in demand will definitely lead to a decrease in supply.

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Hey! You made it a full 12 months! That is an astounding acheivement. Do NOT sell yourself short.

And the silver lining, if he really is done with breastfeeding, is that there is a higher chance of quick pregnancy if you stop breastfeeding suddenly.

You are a great mom and you have done an amazing job with him already.

KittyRN's picture
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Thanks ladies!!!

He doesnt eat purrees anymore, he mainly eats what we are eating. And I dont have a freezer stash, so I pump while I'm away from him.

He seems a bit better today, luckily I only work 2 days then I go to nights, and he sleeps all night so probably doesnt really noticce I'm gone. I think maybe he was just sort of mad at me for not being there, since he's eating a bit better today.

I'll keep you all posted on what happens over the next several days I have off as that will be the ultimate test I think. Hopefully he gets used to me being a work and stops being mad. LOL!!

Btw, work is ok, but being away from Simon SUCKS!!!! I miss him soooooo much while I work!

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

:bigarmhug:

Might be a nursing strike since things have just changed. I say to keep offering to him when you're around. If there's a time that you usually don't offer it, try that time. Hopefully in a few days he'll take back to the breast. I wouldn't worry about diaper output unless it's really yellow, smells bad, etc.

This!!

:bighug:

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"KittyRN" wrote:

I'll keep you all posted on what happens over the next several days I have off as that will be the ultimate test I think. Hopefully he gets used to me being a work and stops being mad. LOL!!

Btw, work is ok, but being away from Simon SUCKS!!!! I miss him soooooo much while I work!

Good luck and yeah, I bet he is a bit mad. My DD never took bottles well, and really only drinks the bare minimum, and she's been at daycare for 9 months!

Hugs to you!