my 7 and 3/4 month old baby is self weaning i think she has barley fed the last few nights and tonight refused then gone to bed she is breast fed and is not feeding much durring day feeds either. eats lots of solids (no meat or vegies other than sweet potato and pumpkin) loves fruit and farex, parenting helpline keep telling me to try to feed more often (we do 4 a day)but i think just supplament with milk in cerial and sugar free custard plus fruit and try to increase vegies ( always been colicy and has pain when i eat greens and pain when i feed her carrot or bannana{not game to try greens yet}

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Kayla - posted on 03/04/2009

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It is rare for a baby to wean from the breast before 18-24 months (not saying it doesn't happen earlier, but definitely not before 12 months). Here's some great info on weaning: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babys...



Babies get their nutrition from breastmilk or formula during their first year; solids are just for "practice" during that time and therefore should not replace any meal that could be satisfied at the breast. (You should also nurse before feeding solids.) I would cut out a bunch of the solids, especially the milk - you shouldn't give that until after a year old (and it's not even necessary at all; my daughter is 17 months and has never had a drop of cow's milk). Remember that breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby!

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Mika - posted on 03/24/2009

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If I were you I would try breastfeeding and then giving her solids. Making sure she gets all the nutrients she needs from the breastmilk.

Allison - posted on 03/23/2009

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I'd have to agree with most of the previous posters - your baby is getting *way* too much food for an infant. Babies under 1 year should get all of their nutrition from breastmilk (or formula) and foods are for exploration, experimentation, and exposure only. A really great for ideas on foods to feed and how much (and at 7-8 months old it's really only a tablespoon or two per feeding, only 2-3 times a day) is http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/. What I like best about this site is that is has fun recipes and food ideas, too!

When it comes to breastfeeding at this age, she should probably be nursing at least every 3 hours during the day and then hopefully going every 4 hours at night. Some babies will nurse more during the night.

Foods are fun, but not necessarily what's best for them at this age.

Good luck!

Emily - posted on 03/23/2009

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Is your baby not eating at all? My twins are VERY fast eaters. Could the baby be getting more than you think? My girls nursed for 45 min on average in the beginning. Now I am lucky if they nurse for 5 min - They eat even less when teething. Def nurse before solids. I agree they usually don't self wean at this age. People often think it is weaning at this age and it is really a nursing strike. You might want to read about nursing strikes.

Melinda - posted on 03/04/2009

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I don't know if you know this but that happens sometimes if you get pregnant while you are nursing. It's something you can look into

Gillian - posted on 03/04/2009

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I think if you offer the breast first, and then about 30-45 minutes later offer solids, the baby will fill up on milk, top off on food and be good to go the next feeding.

Angela - posted on 03/04/2009

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My second little one went through the same thing at about the same time, but she was teething so she started to bite a little and was reacting quite sharply, then she got put off feeding, maybe a bit scared. As soon as i stopped reacting she wanted me more than ever again.

She did wean herself at 15 months, by just completely refusing me, I kept offering it for about 2 weeks , expressing in between to keep my milk supply going, but she just never wanted it again. so decided that she was ready to stop, it was hard for me because i wasn't quite ready, but glad it wasn't my choice, it was hers.

Andra - posted on 03/04/2009

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My 8 month old went on strike a week ago- my lactation specialist says it can be related to my reaction to her biting me a few times- it was obvious I was in pain! Around the time she went on strike she was also getting her second tooth.  She takes a bottle just fine, but refuses the breast.   I have been just pumping 4-5 times a day and giving it to her that way.  At this age they still need 17-27 ounces of milk/formula every day, so don't just rely on solids.  I am hoping to break the nursing strike, but, if not, the bottle works well too.  Cow's milk is not recommended at this age, but you can try yogurt (goat yogurt is better than cow's for babies- easier to digest and richer- you can get it at Whole Foods or Vitamin Cottage).  I also cooked some of her cereal with a little goat's milk (closer to human milk than cow's milk).  Solids are great, but not a replacement for milk at this age. 

Danielle - posted on 03/04/2009

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my daughter was doing the same thing. Dr. said to cut out some of the solids. That is filling her up. Solids are more for practice than nutrition. Milk has all the nutrition.

Colby - posted on 03/04/2009

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I would pump and give it to her in a bottle that way you know she is getting a certain amount.  I agree with giving her the bottle before solids as it is more important.  keep track of how many ounces she drinks and then call the doctor and see if its ok.  My daughter is the same age and I had to do that because i too was nervous she wasnt eating enough, now I know exactly what shes getting.  And I definitely  agree with no milk till she's one!

Emma - posted on 03/04/2009

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I would actually recomend you breastfeed before her solids as at this age she is not getting everything she needs from the solid foods they are not coprehensive enough to provide all she needs whereas your milk is a complete food. for instance if she is not eating green veg or meat is she getting enough iron? until she is eating 3 full varied and ballanced meals you should carry on breast feeding try introducing an extra breastfeed when she is calm and not too distracted by things. And of course pre bed is allways a great time for a nice big feed. Definatly don't introduce cows milk until 1 it is too hard for them to digest and does not contain what human babies need-hence it being for calfs lol...

Brandy - posted on 03/04/2009

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not cows milk right? they have to be a certain age before they start on milk... i think its a year... so be careful with the milk... otherwise.. it sounds like shes just making your job of weaning much easier... maybe a little early... but still... no need to fight her on it... just as long as shes getting nutrients somehow right?

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