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7mo old not breastfeeding AT ALL any more. WHAT DO I DO???

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debka Thu 22-Sep-11 19:51:15

Actually she's been having a small feed in the morning, but it's getting smaller. She eats really really well, and has water (a little water) from a beaker. Her nappies haven't been very wet today either. I think she may be teething as well. I have given her cows milk mixed with water today to try and get her fluids up. Is this a good idea? Bad idea? Bit lost cos DD1 fed wonderfully till she gave up at 13mo.

Please- any advice most welcome.

Moulesfrites Thu 22-Sep-11 19:53:53

if you are going to give an alternative milk as a drink I think formula would be better than cows milk?

debka Thu 22-Sep-11 20:17:38

That's what I was wondering. I've never bought formula so don't have any in the house. Any idea which is best or is at a matter of opinion/trial and error?

(BTW is your LO sleeping any better now? Not stalker just remember you from another thread smile)

TruthSweet Thu 22-Sep-11 20:51:00

If you want your DD to carry on bfing it is possible to get a baby back to the breast even at this 'late' stage. This is not to say that your DD WILL go back to the breast but that there are things to try that might help her and you carry on bfing.

Lots of info here. Or you could call one of the bfing helplines for assistance.

If you are happy for your DD to not bf anymore (and no judgement at all from me if you don't) then the appropriate replacement milk for her is formula milk, preferably a 1st milk rather than a follow on milk. Watered down cows milk just isn't suitable as it won't have enough fat, vitamins or minerals to be of nutritional benefit.

Hope things work out for you which ever way it goes.

debka Thu 22-Sep-11 21:02:32

Thanks truthsweet. I don't really want to give up bfing, but she has never been an enthusiastic bfer so it could be a real battle to get her going again. Had a look at kellymom, thanks for the link. I think I'll try a helpline in the morning, see what they suggest.

Thought as much re cow's milk, it was just today as she only took one v small feed. I'm hoping she will wake up tomorrow with the tooth through and happily feed all day <wishful thinking> grin

TruthSweet Fri 30-Sep-11 10:25:10

Hi Debka - How's it going now?

zimm Fri 30-Sep-11 15:49:16

My DD fusses at teh breast when she has tooth nearly through and then is fine in a couple of days - I would suggest just sticking with it for a few days? Give water for fluids and don't stress about introducing other milk for a few more days .

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