7mth Going off breast feeding?(9 Posts)
My 7 mth DS has just started having daytime bottles as I have gone back to work. Gradually he seems to have gone off his morning and evening breast feeds. He doesnt eat, just bites me (with two very sharp teeth). He feeds fine during the night without biting. Tried this morning and got bitten twice, so got a bottle instead and he guzzled it down. Should I persevere or just give in and switch to bottles? DH doesnt want me to give up breast feeding but he's not the one getting bitten!
my ds did the same. I started expressing and giving him that - i didn't want bitten! but there are threads for help to stop them biting.
Yea Pamina, feeling sad as I feel like I have already had to give up so much by coming back to work, wasnt ready to think about giving up b/f too.
My DD started showing much more preference for the bottle whem I went back to work at 6 months too. BY that stage should would sit up in a cushoin and hold the bottle herself and I think she liked the independence - and the speed with which she could guzzle it all down! Its obviously normal for some babies to make the choice to bottle feed and my personal view is that you should honour their preference and congratulate yourself on a job well done for managing to breast feed for as long as you have!
cosi, what teat are you using for your dd. I think you're supposed to use a newborn teat for bf babies so its as difficult as bf for them. That way they don't prefer the bottle so much. Is she having formula by day or breastmilk?
I'm trying to wean my baby off the boob as he's had 2 teeth since 5months and has been biting me repeatedly as he seems to be working on his 4 top teeth at the same time, and my nipple seems to be gettnig in the way of his gnawing.
I'm having a nightmare getting him to feed well, he's still sticking to his times, but he can feed as little as 1min or as much at 15 at a sitting and i'm giving him a good hour to try to get as much down him as possible, as he's waking in the night to feed twice (rejected the 11pm feed) sometimes does bite then, and waking at 6.15.
I think i suffer from the opposite problem, i'd like to give up breastfeeding, my nipples can't take it anymore and neither can my back.
as a post script, ds is 7months next friday and has been on solids since he was 5 and a half months and eats at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and ranges from devouring it all and rejecting most. I'm not returning to work till he's a year, so don't have that time bomb ticking, just the biting and the very long distracted fussy feed sessions to deal with that i'd rather not and get him on to the bottle, even if it's expressed milk, but at the moment it's boob or nothing.
Chipmonkey, I am using a fast flow teat so that might be the problem. It just seems that now the bottles are more regular that he seems to prefer them. He is having formula by day and I think he prefers that too. To be honest its such hard work getting out of the house with food etc and working full time that I just dont have the energy to express his daytime feeds. Gave in and gave a bottle for breakfast over the weekend and he did seem happier and had better naps. Will try to carry on with night feeds for now.
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