my 6mo old only wants to nurse every 5/6 hours and refuses solids

Codie - posted on 12/22/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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born june 11,2010 he's 6 1/2mo. we started co-sleeping around 2mo and thus began nursing multiple times a night. waking i'd say about every 30minutes all night to suck. i produce a ton of milk at night but i only let down around every 5 or 6 hours during the day. for a while he wasnt interested in nursing during the day and we were feeding solids twice a day. now i feel my supply is dwindling bc even at night i dont let down very often. now corbin has also decided that after a few bites of cereal he wants to scream and refuses to eat any more after that. my ped keeps stressing the iron fortefied oatmeal so i give a formula bottle twice a day with cereal in the bottle bc i don't want to be short on his iron supply. he'll drink 2 to 4 oz of formula though and i'm worried that by putting cereal in with it, he's getting full too fast to get enough milk too. ugh i'm so stressed and worried. please help!

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Sarh - posted on 12/23/2010

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I forgot to mention, my breast feel "empty" between and at the beginning of a feeding! But my bubby is always satisfied after wards. I don't feel a let down or anything for that matter while he is nursing unless he has gone longer then normal for that feeding and I am engorged.

Sarh - posted on 12/23/2010

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That is bull!!! My son is breastfed and his iron levels are perfect! Has his pediatrician tested his iron levels?!?! Should be done at every well check! Don't allow doctor to push you to do things you do not want to. Like I said my son is 6 months old breastfed, not on the stupid vitamins (made him constipated and he doesn't NEED them!) and so on! As long as you are consuming enough iron baby will be fine.
My son as well has been "knawing" and drooling a LOT since about 2-3 months of age. He hasn't showed any signs of teething and neither did my daughter. But his tooth poked through about a week ago and now he thinks he should spit. lol. I didn't even know my daughter cut her first tooth until she bit my chin. Not every baby shows signs of teething.

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2010

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I have nursed both my girls, I have a 7 month old that I am nursing right now. And she is having the same issue with wanting to eat/suck at night every hour or so, because she has decided she doesn't want to be in her bed all night. (Which we will be changing after the Holidays) anyways... My letdown is the same. There isn't much there unless she is eating. I don't think there is anything wrong, it's just that your milk supply gets used to a schedule and only supplies as much as the baby needs. You aren't going dry don't worry. Your body will continue to produce milk as long as the baby is nursing. As far as the Iron goes, I haven't heard of needing to give a breastfed baby iron, I have heard of D vitamins, especially in breastfed babies because they don't get enough of that in breastmilk. but not Iron. Formula is just chemicals anyways, I wouldn't worry about giving your baby formula, unless he is losing weight, or not eating. Breast milk is the BEST source of feeding your infant. It's the healthiest, the safest (as long as you aren't drinking, smoking or doing drugs while doing so). If your baby is anemic then the iron will be needed, but that doesn't sound like that is the case. Maybe you should get a second opinion?
Hope that helped a little.

Codie - posted on 12/23/2010

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his ped is pushing hard on the iron for some reason. she said breastmilk doesnt have enough in it to sustain him. when he was 2 months she had me try to give a multi vitamin with iron but i couldnt get him to take it. so at 4 months she had me start the oatmeal. he's been in his own crib about a month now and there is a small improvement in feedings through the day. but not much. i don't think he's teething. he's been knawing and drooling excessively since 2 months but no teeth or any sign of them in the gums. i've been giving the formula for fear of him not getting enough milk.

i can feel let down when it does happen it just doesnt come very often anymore. my breast rarely get full. it seems they're only producing as he eats and not any before hand.

Sarh - posted on 12/23/2010

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My son was born 1 day before yours! Anyways! Why does he need this iron fortefied oatmeal?!?! Are you not consuming enough iron rich foods for baby? Is he anemic?! If he is healthy then don't do the formula bottles! Besides cereal in a bottle is a huge chocking hazard! and I'm sure you don't want him to have formula!
My son has started to refuse solids for about a week goign on 2 weeks now! Is Corbin teething? My son broke one tooth through the gums and has another coming through the only thing my son will do is eat his Gerber biscuits and nurse. He is nursing twice during the day... once when he wakes at about 7-8a naps and then nurses again at about noon then starting between 3p and 6p he nurses anywhere from every 30mins to 2hrs until he is down for the night at about 10p-midnight.
Have you tried not co-sleeping? He may be nursing so much at night because it is readily available for him. Try putting him in his crib and maybe he will eat more through out the day. The not eating of solids is most likely irritation from teething and is normal.

Carolyn - posted on 12/22/2010

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i would just forget about the formula, especially if you are noticing it affect your milk supply, it will only make the problem worse. just nurse when your baby is hungry.



you might just not be feeling your let down either, which can occur as well. nurse, then offer a table spoon or 2 of solids. you can try something other than cereal. look up which vegetables are high in iron, go buy some, cook and puree it , freeze it in ice cube trays and then pull one out and give him that if he likes it.



there are other ways to get iron aside from cereal.



many babies are exclusively breastfed for much longer than 6 months without iron issues. if you are worried, have his levels checked.

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