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BLW and cutting back BF and it's all gone wrong, help please!

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missorinoco Sun 18-Sep-11 21:27:02

It's all going wrong.

I started BLW with DS at 6 months. Initially he ate very well. I started dropping milk feeds as he was suckling rather than feeding for some and I had spent 6 months in the habit of whipping out a boob for a comfort suck before I even thought about it.

On the back of a recent chest infection he's off his solids. Rather than tucking in with glee he's getting upset and screaming often after one or two mouthfuls. I tried breakfast today 45 minutes after a good breastfeed but he wasn't interested. But he's also now down to 3 feeds a day, morning, noon and before bed, plus one late evening and usually one overnight.

He did manage about 5 sweet potato wedges, a little broccoli, some mash and gravy for lunch, plus a pancake and a third of a rusk for tea, but that's the most he's eaten in 5 days.

I go back to work in 2 weeks so I'm not sure it will be helpful to bump up the daytime feeds, but he won't take formula, I've tried a bottle and a cup. Having read on another thread here someone managed to BF their child at lunchtime on non-work days I would be happy to do that, but I'm worried he's not getting enough milk and liquid even with this amount.

I'm going round in circles and I think I'm getting so stressed I've lost perspective on this, any advice will be appreciated.


cantmakecarrotcake Mon 19-Sep-11 07:32:35

We had a similar situation last week. DD, who isn't the best eater anyway, had a tummy bug. I was down to 3 daytime BF and 1 or 2 at night and because she refused all food I did add in another daytime feed just to make sure she got enough - she's already little.

I wonder if it'll take him a couple more days to fully recover and feel himself again. If he seems hungry for milk maybe add another BF in, but I think 5 in 24 hr is ok from a liquid perspective.

I do understand your concern about going back to work though. DD also won't take formula, and although I don't go back until Jan I'm already stressing about it.

So, not much help, sorry, but just wanted to post to say I understand where you're at...

missorinoco Mon 19-Sep-11 11:19:39

That's kind, thankyou, and also quite useful. 5 in 24 hours - I forget to count the evening/night feeds in my tally.

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