Little one only nurse when deep asleep

Ching Ching - posted on 04/23/2016 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old has refused to nurse while awake. He was on ebf and fed via bottle from birth. At 3 months he woke up one day refusing the bottle and i tried so many ways to feed him and finally the only way is to nurse while deep asleep. I have to carry him until deep asleep then feed. If he's half asleep or not there yet, gotta start again. So he has frequent naps while sleeping and I have NO sleep at all, morning or night. And he wakes every hour at night to feed.

We started on solid at 4 months but so far he is refusing solid and seems to have difficulty in swallowing.

Please help, am losing it!

Has anyone else had this problem?

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Dove - posted on 04/26/2016

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As long as he's still growing and thriving... I guess I wouldn't worry too much. Keep trying to nurse him regularly (every 2-3 hours) throughout the day. He doesn't need anything other than your breast milk at this point, so if he's continuing to gain weight, meet milestones, and is wetting enough diapers it seems like he might just be getting enough even if it's not in the easiest way.

Ching Ching - posted on 04/25/2016

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He will suck probably 5 mouthfuls before turning away and come back after few seconds for few more mouthfuls and then he doesn't want anymore.

Ching Ching - posted on 04/25/2016

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We have seen 5 different paeds and because he is of good weight, the docs are not concerned. They do not know the cause of the food refusal.

Dove - posted on 04/24/2016

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What happens when you nurse him while he's awake? He doesn't need any nutrients other than your breast milk, but you definitely want to make sure he is getting enough of that.

Ching Ching - posted on 04/23/2016

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Hi Sarah,
Sorry I meant EBM - expressed breast milk that was fed through a bottle. He is now 7 months but refusing solid. I am not able to spoon feed him any water or milk as well. There is no mouth movement or he just pushes it out with his tongue. So I just have to continue breastfeeding when he is deep asleep to get him to take some milk.

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2016

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At 4 months he still has a tongue thrust reflex and is not ready for solids. You have got to find a different way to nourish this child. Deep sleep suckling is rarely nutritive, meaning he is probably not getting enough milk or calories to sustain his weight, grow and reach milestones. What has your doctor said? I am confused by your statement of he was EBF (exclusively breastfed) and fed via bottle from birth? Were you pumping your milk and feeding with a bottle?

Dove - posted on 04/23/2016

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4 months is too early for solids. 6 months minimum to start trying and then some babies are not ready until much closer to a year and that is fine.

If he is not nursing enough and/or having trouble swallowing... speak to his doctor. Hopefully it is a breastfeeding friendly doctor that can help you or point you towards helpful resources.

Some moms can sleep while their baby nurses if you are bed sharing. If you aren't already, you can try that... I did bed share, but I was almost never able to sleep while my son nursed.

Lynn - posted on 04/23/2016

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Have a talk with your dr and see what you can do. It might just be a phase your child is going through and it might get better on it's own. Hang in there it's tough not getting any sleep but all of us mom's have been there. It's so worth it!

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