Trying to breast feed into 7 months

Vanessa - posted on 02/22/2016 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi there, This is my first baby...Im 40 years old and my little man is a great eater. He started solids a month ago and now will take expressed milk from the bottle during the day-he's too distracted by "life" to breast feed. He simply wont feed for very long if I try to nurse him. Up until yesterday I was able to pump 4-6 oz several times a day in place of him breast feeding and then I would nurse him at night and in the early morning. Today and yesterday my supply was cut in half...I can barely get out 3 oz. :( Am I drying up? Or is there a way to keep my breast milk going. I'd love to at least pump milk until he is a year old. I'll be grateful for the time I have been able to nurse him but would like to stretch it out if possible. Any guidance or advise would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

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Sarah - posted on 02/22/2016

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She gets distracted A LOT! I have found there are about 2 to 3 times she will nurse well. When she wakes up in the morning, before her afternoon nap, and before bed. The rest are just snacks. I offer, but if she does not really want it I just move on and will offer again later. Don't stress. If he is hungry he will eat. Just watch the wet diapers. If you start to get not very many wet diapers in a day then try decreasing the baby food a bit and offer more often. Again don't stress day to day he is going to fluctuate some. You have been able to provide him what he needs in milk thus far trust that you can do it still.

Dove - posted on 02/22/2016

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Is he bottle fed during the day because you are not w/ him? If you are w/ him during the day and you want to continue to breastfeed... stop the bottles. He WILL drink if he is hungry. If you have to pump and bottle feed because you are not around... there are ways to help up your supply, but I don't really have much to say about that as I was never a pumper.

Vanessa - posted on 02/22/2016

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How do you keep your daughter focused enough to drink?

I should mention that I have breast milk stored up and I have been bottle feeding him with milk during the day and then nursing at night. Should I just face that this phase may be over? I feel Im trying everything to get the milk to stay-while stressing doesnt help, its hard to let it go.

Im 20 ounces form running out of stored milk, Im pumping 2 oz every 3-4 hours and the thought of formula is looming over my head. Has anyone gone through this? Should I start a transition with formula and be prepared?

Dove - posted on 02/22/2016

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Definitely get him to latch more during the day, so you don't have to rely on pumping... a baby is WAY more efficient than a pump at getting the milk. If he's hungry... he'll nurse. Solids are not meant to replace any of his milk at this age, so make sure he's not eating them more than once a day and always offer the breast first.

Sarah - posted on 02/22/2016

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My daughter does the same. Too much to explore and learn! :) Sometimes they get more than you realize. I also figure if you are hungry you will eat. As long as his wet diapers are good you know he is drinking good.

Vanessa - posted on 02/22/2016

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Great! Thank you. I'll do my best and try to keep nursing in the picture. I definitely want to. I even go into a quiet room away from everyone/everything so he can focus on nursing. He may be losing interest since there is so much to explore during the day (he's trying to walk!) but at night, he does great. I'm trying to figure it out but I will keep at it. Doing what I can. Thank you for the reply!

Sarah - posted on 02/22/2016

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My suggestion would be to go back nursing. They don't eat for long, but are better at nursing so don't need as long to get the same amount of milk. Instead of one long nurse you may just do a couple small nursings. Also try nursing in between the meal times instead of during. Or nurse before solids....if he is eating his solids good.

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