My DS 2 is 9 mo and has just started refusing the breast more and more. Is this normal?:
Wake 6am-7am tiny breaatfeed Breakfast 8am Snack rice cake 10am Lunch 12pm BF 1pm small amount Snack 4pm Dinner 5pm BF 6:30pm small amount Once or twice BF in the night.
He is so different from DS 1 who was text book, but I can't get milk in him he refuses and wants to play or look around and if he gets too bored he just bites. Shall I just accept that's the way it is?
Some babies just aren't 'milky' babies. My DD wasn't. As soon as food came into the equation she dropped her milk intake vastly. At 9 mths she was having three small milk feeds plus meals a day.
I was advised to sneak it into food, so made cheese sauce, egg custards and rice pudding etc with expressed milk. It meant that she got the nutrients and benefits of milk through the food that she preferred to the milk. Win win.
It's really common at this age and the important thing is to keep offering and not jump to offer too many replacements or substitutes. Cows milk is not the equivalent of BM so be wary of filling up with foods and other liquids at the expense of BM. Kellymom has great advice on distracted babies and nursing strikes. Also a good article on avoiding premature weaning around this age called 'do babies under 12 months self wean?' Answer: no they don't!