My baby wants to nurse all the time

Nicole - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old wants to nurse all the time. I am getting ready to wean him in a couple months. I know breast milk is good for him and I feel he nurses for comfort, but how do I get him to go every 3-4 hrs as what I was told he should be doing? And how am I supposed to wean this breast obsessed baby!

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Valerie - posted on 11/28/2009

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Is it a boy? lol Your baby is comforted and happy no doubt! Have you intordu ed any foods? Perhaps your little one is hungry. If not then my best advice is to leave him with others for periods of time; out of sight out of mind and I promise unless your baby is underweight he won't starve! You can offer bottles to begin to wean and they can be breastmilk or formula...

Sylvia - posted on 11/28/2009

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Your doctor doesn't know what s/he is talking about. (This is not that uncommon, and certainly doesn't mean s/he isn't a good doctor in other respects: many otherwise great medical professionals are shockingly uneducated about breastfeeding.) A nursing baby should be nursing when he's hungry, not on someone else's schedule, and you are not "giving in to him" when you do that -- you're giving him what he needs :) Also, by 10 months babies get pretty efficient at nursing; he may be getting a lot more in those few minutes than you think.

Also -- nursing for comfort is a good thing, not a bad thing! There's more to nursing a baby than feeding him :)

Nicole - posted on 11/28/2009

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Thanks for the responses! I feed him solids 3 times a day plus he loves the organic puffs. I feed him each time until he refuses so I feel he is full.

My dr. told me by 5-6 months he should be able to go 3-4 hours between nursing. I feel he snack feeds because he doesn't nurse for long, just a few minutes at times. I just am not sure if giving in to him all the time is the right thing to do, but on the flip side if he is really hungry I don't want to not nurish him. But he is 23 lbs so I know he is healthy! :)

You all have given me a lot of tools so thanks again!

Angie - posted on 11/28/2009

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He may be in a growth spurt and just needing more nutrition and calories. He's hungry, just keep feeding him and he'll let you know when it's time for him to wean from the breast. I know it may be hard to believe now, but you will miss this time with him.

Melissa - posted on 11/28/2009

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If you give him other foods, he should get full faster. With breastmilk, yes, typically babies would feed every 3 hours (lactation nurse told me this). Also, breastmilk is not very filling, so babies get hungry faster than formula fed babies. Try giving him food before you nurse him. Best of luck!!

Liane - posted on 11/28/2009

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Who told you tha he should only be nursing every 3-4 hours? Just curious. I'm currently BF'ing my third child and this one as well as the two before him never made it more than 3 hours during the day without nursing. It was more like every 2 hours (sometimes only 1.5 hours). He may be nursing so frequently because he's going through a growth spurt.

As for the weaning, I gradually replaced one nursing session at a time with a bottle/sippy cup of breastmilk each week. Once they took the cup, then we transitioned slowly by mixing breastmilk/formula (or whole milk depending on the baby's age). Each baby is different so just do what feels right to you.

Nicole - posted on 11/28/2009

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#1. What other foods are you offering to him? That has a lot to do with determining if he is nursing for hunger or comfort.

#2. If he is feeding for comfort see if something else will work for him. My oldest daughter weaned a little older than your son and she had a little teething monkey that she carried around for awhile for comfort as I was weaning. I had another daughter who just wanted to snuggle and thought that nursing was the only way she would get the snuggle time she craved.

#3. If he is truely hungry, offer him some more of whatever you are choosing to feed him at this point. And it isn't too early to start offering him some breastmilk in whatever he is drinking from. It will help with the transition when you do wean him.

I breastfed 5 daughters though and I can tell you for sure that what worked for one of them didn't always work for the others. You may have to go through your own trial and error in this to see what works for him.

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