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9 month old bf - retching/gagging when I attempt to bf - self-weaning? Any ideas?

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hotmama Thu 17-Sep-09 15:20:02

Ds1 has just turned 9 months and is bf and is happily scoffing solids etc. I don't have any concerns re weight and wet/poohy nappies etc. smile

However, recently it has become a constant battle to get him to bf. When he does feed it is for a maximum of a few minutes - and he then has to be sleepy - and then promptly falls asleep anyway!

He just isn't feeding during the day and literally retches/gags when I start to lie him down to feed - I just have to start unclipping my nursing bra to set him off. sad

Am worried that my supply is diminishing etc and that they'll soon be no milk anyway.
Ds1 is dc3 - and the last baby - I am in no rush to wean him.

Any advice or wise words from anyone.

hotmama Thu 17-Sep-09 15:51:31

Should add when I just tried to bf ds1 - he actually brought up some of his lunch - about 3 hours after he ate it - this is not normal is it?

jellybeans Thu 17-Sep-09 16:11:15

Hi I am having the same probs so will be interested in reading your answers. DS is 10 months and I have been struggling to bf him for the last 2 months or so, he gets so distracted. He only feeds well first thing in the morning or when half asleep. Otherwise he pulls away or bites me. it is so stressful i am not sure whether to give up or just feed mornings and evenings now.

DS does have reflux and sicks up his feeds up to 3 hours later, always has. He is on meds for acid reduction but they are not bothered about the sickness unless he is loosing weight.

hotmama Thu 17-Sep-09 16:51:14

Glad I'm not alone - it is stressful isn't it. smile

Ds1 has been very distractable for the last few months - have to feed him in his room and try to make as dark as poss.

Never had this problem with my dd's.

Would giving morning/evening feeds at this age be enough?

hotmama Thu 17-Sep-09 18:46:12

bump smile

hotmama Thu 17-Sep-09 19:54:12

bump sad

allaboutme Thu 17-Sep-09 19:58:31

How about bfing him before each meal rather than after?
Does he feed ok first thing in the morning?

jellybeans Thu 17-Sep-09 19:59:11

bumping up- yes it is so stressful! I also have to feed in a darkened room. My DS will take bottles as he has had one with his lunch for a couple of months (only 4oz or so) and when I am desperate I give him one and he takes it fine. I sometimes wonder if he prefers bottles now as my let down is so slow! I will feel guilty if I give up/cut down but am glad I stuck it this long as only fed older ones for a few weeks.

It's so hard battling at every feed!

I hope someone can advise you anyway!

hotmama Thu 17-Sep-09 20:38:43

allaboutme - thanks for posting. smile

DS1 fed for a few minutes at 5am this morning - and then messed around and went back to sleep.

Had breakfast of a weetabix and 4ozs milk plus some yogurt.

Went to sleep for 1-2 hours and then had lunch.

Wouldn't feed in the morning.

Lunch was pasta and sauce plus water.

Then went out in the afternoon.

Tried to feed him mid-afternoon - gagged and brought up some of his pasta sauce.

Put him down at 4ish as he hadn't had any sleep since this morning - was able to feed him a bit as he was tired.

Had tea at 6pm and fed well.

Just put him down - and bf for no more than 3 mins and then started gagging.

What is going on. sad

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