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Feeding issues with 8 month old Dd. Is there anyone around who can help?

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McPheetStink Fri 08-Mar-13 16:01:23

Over the last week, Dd has started refusing feeds during the day. It's becoming a real problem now, because she's wanting to feed so much during the night, and I'm shattered. Basically, she arches her back, pulls away and gets really upset if I offer her the boob.

She's eating well during the day, but I am worried that she's not getting enough milk/fluid.

Can anyone offer up any suggestions as to why this might be happening please. I'm happy to beg wink

<props eyes open>

NippyDrips Fri 08-Mar-13 16:04:15

Could you try feeding lying in the bedroom? This worked for ds when he was being distracted.

McPheetStink Fri 08-Mar-13 16:06:21

We normally feed upstairs on the bed. But she just gets really cross confused

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 08-Mar-13 16:47:17

Are you offering the milk an hour before solids? Have you tried cutting down on the solids too, say only offering 2meals a day or if you are offering 2 courses, only offer one?

Have you read this on reverse cycling too?

McPheetStink Fri 08-Mar-13 19:22:04

Yes, normally she has breakfast around 7am, then I offer around 10ish, before lunch at 12. Same kind of pattern in the afternoon. She screams when her main course is finished so I automatically reach for fruit or yoghurt. Maybe tomorrow, I'll try cutting back a bit. As mums, I think we're programmed to feed until full blush

It's a recent thing, this refusal business. Surely she can't go all day without fluids?

I'll take a look at the link. Thank you

McPheetStink Fri 08-Mar-13 20:56:24


JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 09-Mar-13 08:26:50

She can go all day without fluids if she's taking them at night. I'd stick to the one course at lunch and dinner for a bit and try to treat the day times like a nursing strike, plenty of body contact, quiet times together, skin to skin if you can and even take a bath together.

Lonelybunny Sat 09-Mar-13 08:41:14

I've been getting similar from my 7mo. She will feed at 7 she used to feed from both sides now she feeds from only one. She feeds at 7am, 10 am , 12ish , 2is then she will go all the way from 2pm till 10 pm ? And I went out from 2 tell 7pm yesterday and she didnt even touch the bottle of eBM I left for her , yet I brought KFC - long day and she virtually jumped in the box ! But my LO doesn't actually get a lot of food in but I'm gussing he tummy is still small so she probably getting something. She has a few Cheerios or toast at 9.30 we don't usually do lunch as she naps then , then we have dinner at 6pm she has whatever we have as she is BLW and a yogurt.
She also feeds quite a bit in the night , I find co-sleeping helps a bit .

McPheetStink Sat 09-Mar-13 16:37:42

Still nothing.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 10-Mar-13 07:05:35

I'd ring one of the bfing helplines and talk to a BFC. She might have a few suggestions smile

McPheetStink Sun 10-Mar-13 07:22:34

I'm hoping to see one tomorrow.

Last night she fed 4 times between 11.30 and 3.30am. I'm knackered. Yet this morning, when I offered her a feed she literally threw a paddy.

It's almost like she panics. Yet when she's drousy she's feeding beautifully. The only thing I've been able to think of is, she bit me a few times and I yelped. Could this be a factor confused

Thumbtack Sun 10-Mar-13 07:27:53

Hiya, my 5mo DS is doing exactly the same thing at the moment - during the day he arches his back, and really fights and screams but during the night is fine . . . what ive done is put him in the harness during the day and feed him upright and walking around - it looks funny but it gets the milk in to him no problem - do you have a sling or carrier?

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 10-Mar-13 07:28:20

Really don't know sorry McPheet. Hopefully someone will be along soon who has training or experience.

McPheetStink Sun 10-Mar-13 07:46:42

Unfortunately I haven't, Thumbtack. I used to, but sold it because it pulled my back too much and I found it painful.

I'm just at a complete loss, and really need this sorted.

Yesterday, I tried cutting back on her solids, but it still made no difference confused

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 10-Mar-13 07:55:51

Hope it does get resolved for you soon. Here are the numbers for the bfing helplines]].

McPheetStink Mon 11-Mar-13 12:13:05

Thank you

We're seeing a breastfeeding support worker this afternoon.

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