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Katie - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months old and started on solids at 5 months. Over the past week or two he has started to get very fussy when he nurses and seems to only nurse when he wants to sleep. The rest of the time he would rather eat baby food. We have only been giving him baby food once a day but he's started to eat an entire jar each time and acts like he still wants more. I am worried that he is moving towards weaning himself. Is his behavior normal? What should I do??

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Krystal - posted on 11/25/2009

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Oh i forgot about teething too. Wil went off his breastfeeds foa about a week before his first tooth came through. Also off his solids )preuming he didnt like the spoon against his sore gums). I was worried he'd be hungry but just keep offering. He'll be fine xx

Brenda - posted on 11/23/2009

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Normal! :) They become highly distractable at this time, and your best bet is the nurse in a dark, quiet room when you attempt it. My son is doing a mix of child led solids (eats whatever we eat) and baby food, and he can down two jars of 2nd foods at one time. Follow the baby, and let him tell you what he needs. Nursing to sleep is a natural occurance, and that's the only time my six month old will do it. We nurse two times during the day for naps, maybe one quick sip in between, and then about four or five times at night.

Melody - posted on 11/23/2009

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My daughter did this once too....it turned out she had a tooth coming through her gums...we struggled with this for a week or so then it got better and she nursed regularly again. It was terrible for me though because I became engorged and had to pump a little out....and I would get frusterated because she would nurse a little and get my milk flowing and then pull off and cry....finally I tried putting orajel on her gums and it seemed to help most of the time!! When my daughter started solids she quickly could finish a whole jar also...I think thats normal! Feel around in his mouth and see if you notice anything...maybe the gum is swollen...sometimes you cant see anything but it's tender while the tooth pushes up into the gum. I think you should just keep trying to nurse...he will get through this...he is to young to be trying to wean. They can also go through something called a nursing strike....I've read about this in books....sometimes lasts a week or so. I know how frusterating this is!!!! Hang in there!!!

Katie - posted on 11/23/2009

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I try to nurse him before offering solids, usually he fusses a whole bunch, I give in and give up. I am still nursing him about every three hours and whenever he naps. At night he nurses to sleep then only wakes up once to nurse again after about 6-8 hours. I never really thought about how many times he is actually nursing though... Last Saturday he had solids twice because we were eating with friends and he freaked because he wasn't eating. He ate a whole jar both times. Should I just be feeding him solids twice a day now? I am so clueless about what I should be doing at this stage!

Krystal - posted on 11/23/2009

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I started my son Wil at 4mths on rice cereal and by 6mths he too was eating a whole jar plus a custard and 4 BF a day. Do you offer solids before or after a BF? I only ask coz he may be filling up on his solids and not hungry enough for his milk too. Until 8mths (ish) you can give them milk then around an hr later solids. I have just switched Wil's solids and milk around now so he has food first then topping up on milk. Now he has 3 solids and 3 BF a day, maybe a BF at night. Where abouts are you?

Katie - posted on 11/23/2009

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we've tried giving him a bottle and he used to take it just fine but has also suddenly started to refuse the bottle, he has an appointment with the pediatrician but it is not until the 30th. Plus I am a little worried that he will just tell me to not worry let him eat what he wants- he told me at 3 months that I should be supplementing with formula- and unfortunately I do not have the option of choosing another doctor

Melissa - posted on 11/23/2009

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Have you asked your doctor about this? Until he is one year old he should be getting most of his nutrition from your milk not solid food. Is he teething? Maybe his gums are hurting when he nurses. What about trying to pump and feed him milk with a bottle. Last resort I would try spoon feeding him breastmilk with a tiny bit of baby oatmeal. Goodluck!

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