cant stop breastfeeding

Dominique - posted on 08/28/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a six month old son...love him to death..I am spoiling him rotten....however its getting difficult to cont breastfeeding him while I am a hairstylist so Im gone from somtimes later than I'd like. I started him on formula while im gone, and when I get home he is breastfeeding. Well recently he has completed rejected all formula, and he would rather starve than to drink out the bottle with formula. What do I do...I dont even know if he is getting full from the breast milk...ppppllllleeeassse help...All suggestions welcome.

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Catherine - posted on 08/30/2009

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Stop giving him formula. Pump. Offer him pumped milk in a bottle. And then be prepared to nurse all night. He is probably reverse cycling ( http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/revers... ), meaning that he is getting all his eating done when you are home. It is very common, so don't worry. Also, since he is six months old you can give offer him solids and a little bit of water in a cup while you are away instead of the formula. Many lactation consultants and doctors say it is better to offer solids than formula when there is breastmilk available!



And you are not spoiling him. Nursing is what babies were born to do! That is why the American Academy of Pediatrics advises nursing for at least and year and the World Health Organization says two years! Besides, you simply cannot spoil an infant. Keep up the good work mama.

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Try pumping and mixing it with the formula. That is what I did and the only way my daughter would drink formula.

Beth - posted on 08/29/2009

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I had the same problem, I have twin babies who would not eat any formula. I was able to pump and have them take breastmilk from a bottle while I was away working. This does take quite a bit of time and effort but it is definitely worth it.

Shauna - posted on 08/29/2009

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A lot of the time, people force their children to eat FAR too much food, including formula. Breastmilk is made to be optimally healthy and nutritious for your baby. You may try pumping while you are gone, especially if your baby is not used to bottles at all, and it can help you to get the baby ready for formula if you really want to go for that.

As for pumping, I really enjoy the Medela electric pump. Pumping just once or twice a day can help you to build up a milk supply enough to feed your baby just fine.

I hope that helps!

Amii - posted on 08/29/2009

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Have you started solids yet? my babies hated anything from a bottle it just wasn't natural to them as they had never seen one. When I needed to be away from them I expressed as the others mentioned and after feeding them some cereal or fruit my mum would offer the milk in a cup. I know that sounds crazy but it worked for me and as my mum would say a huingry baby will always take a drink.

Cassandra - posted on 08/29/2009

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i would exprese milk with breast pump so i u know his still hetting food and try him on baby food also even if it is a can from the shop but make sure u keep water up to him lots of mums dont dive thier bubs water but i think water is just as good as milk so if it is hot day they keeping fluid in but try foods as he is old enough to have it and try to ween him on to formula if nothing helps talk to ur dr they may be able to help
good luckk

Jessie - posted on 08/28/2009

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I would suggest trying a breast pump for while you are away maybe he would eat breast milk from a bottle? who knows, babies know what they like! also perhaps introducing new baby foods recommended by his doctor?

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