Desire - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
My 9 mo old daughter has recently dropped a mid-day feeding. At her 9 month appointment, she had lost a pound from her 6 month appointment. She was at the 80th percentile at 6 months and went down to the 15th percentile at 9 months. Between 6 and 9 months, she was eating normal baby foods such as cereals and fruit purees in restricted quantities. We restricted her intake because she would spit up food if allowed to eat more and wouldn't want to breastfeed as much.
Due to her weightloss, her doctor recommended we allow her to eat as much as she wants and introduce high-calorie, high-fat foods. She loves eating solids and has becoming increasingly disinterested in breastfeeding and forumla. She has also stopped spitting up food and so her caloric intake seems improved and she has gained substantial weight.
Now she will only nurse when she wakes up in the morning and before bed. She refuses to breastfeed when offered throughout the day. Before every meal, she is offered formula but is not interested. While she eats (she mainly feeds herself), we offer formula between every couple bites. This is the only way we can get her adequately hydrated. She had stopped wanting to drink from a bottle and didn't like sippy cups. I found a cup with a soft rubber straw because I noticed she always tried to drink from my straws. This is how she likes to drink fluids throughout the day. I am glad I eventually found something she would drink out of because she was becoming dehydrated with few wet diapers that were smelly. Her number of wet diapers has increased, but we are also offering juice to keep her fluid intake up. I am concerned she is not getting enough breastmilk/formula. Most of her calories seem to be from solids and some of her fluid intake is watered down juice.
Her diet and fluid intake has become a huge stress for me, and I worry about it every day. I want to breastfeed for as long as she will allow it to continue, but I feel she is gradually cutting back. I am doing things to keep my supply up, but she is not drinking everything I produce because there is still milk left when she pushes me away. I have tried everything I can think of.
I feel like part of her weight drop coincided when she stopped co-sleeping with me. She stopped wanting to co-sleep at 6 months. She indicated this because she was fussy when I tried to fall asleep with her and she would turn and turn and turn. Once I put her in her crib, she would just fall asleep. When we were co-sleeping, she fed a lot during the night which made up for her not wanting to drink as much during the day.
HELP!! Should I be overly concerned about this??? She is putting on weight now and is around the 50 percentile. She is active, happy and a joy in every other way. I just want to make sure I am doing the best for her in terms of nutrition. She gets a very healthy diet of solids, but I know it isn't a replacement for breastmilk.