My 8 month old doesn't want to breastfeed anymore

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




Because school started 3 months after my son was born, I had to give him bottles and sometimes supplement formula while I was gone. I only had morning classes, so I wasn't gone long, but when he was 6 1/2 months and started eating solids, he slowed down on drinking milk a lot. It bothered me, but I knew he was going to breastfeed less because of the solids. But now, he refuses to breastfeed except in the morning when he wakes up and at night before bed. He's always been easily distracted from eating, so I've fed him in his room, just us. He doesn't even want to do that anymore. I know I can't breastfeed him forever but it's too early for me to end our special time together. I already see him less because of school, and I was so used to spending all day with him. I'm afraid I made a huge mistake giving him bottles and solids so early. I feel like we don't spend enough time bonding and breastfeeding was the time for us to do that. How do I get him to start breastfeeding again, if I can at all? Did anyone else have a problem like this?


Minnie - posted on 01/21/2010




A few things you can do:

Ditch the bottles entirely. He doesn't need them at all at eight months.

Solids and water or milk in a cup for his caregiver.

Frequent offering of your breast when you're with him.

No solids at home.

Nurse lying down in bed in the dark, take baths together, wear him in a wrap or a sling. Wake him during the night to nurse

Offer your breast when he stirs from sleep.

Offer your breast rather than waiting for him to be hungry.

Infants this young do not self-wean. He's been mostly weaned to a bottle and onto solids before he truly needs them.


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