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I know there are 800 threads on nursing strikes and links to Kellymom on what to do.  The problem is, my baby (B) doesn't like to feed when tired, right before bed, when sleeping, etc.  Basically, B nurses when B wants to nurse, which isn't frequently.  My baby is already small and I fear the lack of nursing is not helping matters.  I don't know when to give up and just start giving some milk to complement the breastmilk.

 

Baby (B), not yet 18 months, is nursing roughly 3-5 times a day.  The best feeding is in the morning, but overall, it isn't always a lengthy feed.  Throughout the day B may nurse 3-4 other sessions, but B normally just suckles for a minute, pops off, and runs away.  I know B isn't getting enough.  B's solid food intake is good, including dairy, but I know breastmilk (and/or milk) is important. 

 

What would you do?  What did you do?   If you did supplement with some milk, did your baby wean completely?  Was anyone able to do both (milk and breastmilk)?

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I am no expert but I think I would continue to nurse. Baby B is eating solids so B is probably getting enough vitamins and iron right? Is it possible that your baby is self weaning? I think supplementing with milk isn't going to give your baby what breastmilk gives. Are you worried about calcium? I know that my baby(now 26 months) loved organic rice milk..sugar free.

 

Hope this helps mama...and no stress. You will figure it out!

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I am no expert but I think I would continue to nurse. Baby B is eating solids so B is probably getting enough vitamins and iron right? Is it possible that your baby is self weaning? I think supplementing with milk isn't going to give your baby what breastmilk gives. Are you worried about calcium? I know that my baby(now 26 months) loved organic rice milk..sugar free.

 

Hope this helps mama...and no stress. You will figure it out!

 

Thanks for the response.  I guess my main concern is just the (low) liquid intake.  Also, B is already small, so there was/is a part of me hoping the breastmilk (and/or milk) would help with that, too.  I also get worried about not filling in the solid food gaps, which I always felt like breastfeeding did when a baby was over a year old. 

 

Did your baby already wean by 26 months or did you give the rice milk with your breastmilk?

 

I do have an appointment with a new ped in a few weeks, so I guess I'll bring it up then, too.

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