Update - He WASN'T Self Weaning...

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hey there! My LO is 14 months old and eating solids like a champ - which is great. We've been really committed to breastfeeding, too - he'd gone down to one feed in the morning, drinking my breastmilk (pumped) from a regular cup during the day and having a big feed at night. It's been like that for a few months and everything was fine with us both.



Yesterday, he refused the breast in the morning and again when I offered it when we got home. He did feed at bedtime, but only for about 10 minutes (he usually goes about 20-25).



This morning, he refused the breast again. I've read that babies don't really self-wean before 18 months, so I thought this was a nursing strike - except there are NO signs of a strike at all - he's happy, jovial and as good natured as ever - he just doesn't want to feed.



So, the plan is to keep offering, and to pumping for now, until I'm sure that it's not a strike - I don't want my supply to decrease in case he decides to take it back up again.



Either way, though, it's just kind of sudden and I was wondering if anyone else had the same issue.



Please don't quote me on all the literature - I've read it all - babies don't typically self-wean this early - I get it. But, again, this doesn't exhibit the same signs as a strike, either. And nothing else is going on (no changes, no extra stress, no health issues, etc.).



Thoughts?

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Lisa - posted on 11/25/2010

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Update - no one's answered, but I thought I'd update folks. Turns out it was a strike - limited, but lasted a couple of days. I think it may, believe it or not, have had to do with a new soap I was using (but maybe that was a coincidence). Anyway, we're right back on schedule now - so, the tip I offer is this: If this happens to you, keep pumping, keep offering and maybe your LO will go back to it.

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