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7 month old not interested in daytime breastfeeds

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KD0706 Mon 08-Oct-12 14:25:43

Im sure this is normal.
I am giving my seven month old solid food. Mainly spoon feeding just because that seems to be what she likes. She's doing super and has lunch and dinner and one snack. Basically I give her solids when she 'demands' them.

My issue really is that she takes so little at her daytime breastfeeds.

Overnight she usually sleeps about thirteen hours with two feeds. Her bedtime feed and two overnight feeds seem like decent ones. I don't mind feeding her twice overnight as she just goes straight back to sleep.

During the day I offer her the breast every three ish hours. She almost never demands breast. She will take a feed when offered but it just feels like she's 'taking the top off' my boobs, I'm always still very full feeling when she's finished. She usually just takes one side.

I'm wondering if I should offer breast less frequently do she's hungrier? I usually give a breastfeed then within about half an hour she's a bit grumpy so I give her solids which she wolfs down.

I think it's a mixture of less appetite because she's eating solids, and her being too interested in life to want to snuggle into mummy and feed.

Any thoughts? Normal? Anything else I should be doing?


Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 08-Oct-12 14:50:49

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Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 08-Oct-12 14:55:41

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KD0706 Mon 08-Oct-12 16:07:39

Thank you asmy
I've worked out that today she will probably have six feeds. She has only had four so far. 4am, 7am, 10am and 1.30pm. I'll offer again about 4.30 ish and then bedtime at 7.30.

Plenty wet nappies and loads of dirty. Now about three a day compared to previously one every three days.

Haven't had her weighed for a while, might pop in to the clinic.

My instinct tells me she's healthy etc.

I'm just taking bad as my first was definitely a proponent of the food is for fun until you're one way of thinking. And this latest dd seems more keen on food than milk.

Asmywhimsytakesme Mon 08-Oct-12 17:31:38

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AnnaLiza Mon 08-Oct-12 19:57:06

I know what you mean OP about only having small feeds during the day. My 8 month old did that lat month for half of the time at least. He was not interested in feeding during the day and then if he latched he would come off almost immediately leaving me full and engorged. I think in hindsight that he was having a nursing strike of sorts.
There's nothing you can't do about it really but chances are it's only a phase. He's bow back to normal and having a decent feed every three to four hours during the day

AnnaLiza Mon 08-Oct-12 20:00:10

Nothing you can do rather

KD0706 Mon 08-Oct-12 21:20:56

That's encouraging anna
Yes, I am getting a bit sore and engorged as she seems to stimulate the milk but then not take it. Fingers crossed it will pass.

DD1 was still feeding every two hours day and night at this stage!!

AnnaLiza Mon 08-Oct-12 21:25:16

Yes exactly! I would feel let down and he would stop right at that point! On a coue f I casinos I hand expressed into a cup when he stopped at the let down stage and then offered it to him like a drink. He loved it!

AnnaLiza Mon 08-Oct-12 21:27:04

Gosh, I can't type from my phone! Meant to say that I hand expressed into a cup when he stopped at the let down stage and then offered it to him as a drink!

KD0706 Mon 08-Oct-12 22:27:16

I was hand expressing into the sink earlier today!! Bit of a waste of good milk. I should have thought to keep it.

MillionPramMiles Tue 09-Oct-12 10:18:03

My 5 month old does the same thing. I always persevere with giving her the breast first but I've been topping up with formula. Am now giving her a full formula feed at lunch and evening as am not convinced she is taking enough from the breastfeed. Feel a bit disappointed as always planned to ebf for 6 months but dd seems to be self weaning.....brings new meaning to the term baby led weaning...

Asmywhimsytakesme Tue 09-Oct-12 10:49:23

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