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Jillian - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my daughter is now almost five months old and we have started solids and she has been doing really well until the other day now she is acting very hungry but when i offer her the breast to nurse she throws a fit screaming and pulling her hair and i just dont know what to do because i cant get much at all pumping and i dont want my supply to go down. she does really good nursing a few times in the morning, then eats solids (cereal and some veggie) at lunch time and then will nurse maybe once in the afternoon and then throws a fit until i feed her solids again at around 8-9p i am getting really frustrated and sore and i dont understand why she doesn't want to nurse as much as she did just a few days ago, could teething be the culprit? ugh i just dont know what to do.

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Kim - posted on 09/03/2009

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Could be teeth. I suggest backing off on the solids. They are only meant to get baby used to new tastes and textures, not an important source of nutrition. Beast food for your baby is still breastmilk. Once you have a good nursing pattern back, you can reintroduce solids but only after nursing, not before. And just a few tablespoons each time you give solids. I had to back off on the solids a few times w/ my daughter. She still nurses best at night and first thing in the morning but she never refuses the boobie lol !! She is 11 months now. I give her solids twice a day now. Some days we still skip but that is ok w/ us.

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Anneke - posted on 09/04/2009

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could be, William done the same. Some babies dont take to solids till later on also. Is she pulling around her ears? thats a sign of teething. William started that at 3 months and he has 4 teeth up now and still more are coming. Also there is a growth spurt around that point where you think they need solids when they are havbing more and more milk off you. I started william early to because I thought he needed them but he is only starting to take them now.

can you LO sit up on own? thats normally when they can eat solids. Dont go by sleeping all night thing, my one still wakes for a feed at night, but i think its more a confort thing.

it can be very frustrating at the start! if iuts teething try nelsons teething granuels, they are a god send!

Lisa - posted on 09/04/2009

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Don't give up sweetie! All babies go through periods of nursing less, nursing more. I nursed my last baby until he was three years old! Not for everyone but was great for him and me. The best thing is don't get upset or frustrated, your baby can sense and feel everything you do thanks to the closeness of breastfeeding. I also agree with not feeding the baby solids until after they nurse first. Unless they are losing weight (a sign that the milk is not enough) I wouldn't push solids at this time. Anyway hope this helps

Erin - posted on 09/03/2009

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During the late afternoon and evening is when milk supply is the lowest. I would try feeding her solids then and increase your water consumption. The baby needs 2.5 ounces of fluid for every pound they weigh. So when you think about all the fluid going out of your body you can see how easy it is to get dehydrated and then your milk supply can be very little.

Jillian - posted on 09/03/2009

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it was much better today, i think maybe she might have been impatient for the let down and very irritable. also i forgot to say that i always try to breastfeed right before she eats solids. i think she was not feeling very good for some reason. i tried all different positions and zero distractions and it still didn't help yesterday. if she does it again i will have to try nursing in the tub i think she would like that! thank you for all of your advice i just need to work on not getting upset myself and i think that will make a huge difference as well!

Minnie - posted on 09/03/2009

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Solids should never be offered in place of or before a nursing session. If you're doing that, you're effectively beginning weaning. Always nurse first, then offer solids. If she takes them, great, if she doesn't, don't sweat it. It's possible she is filling up on solids and doesn't want to nurse. Solids offer NO benefit over your milk right now.



Try nursing lying down, try nursing in the tub, in a sling, in the dark, minimizing distractions. It sounds like she's either filling up on solids or is being impatient waiting for your let down of milk.

Rachel - posted on 09/03/2009

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relax your supply will meet her demands trying new things can be exsiting for little ones.

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