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My 13 mo dd is getting less and less interested in BF. I'm guessing this is because my supply has gone down. I know it has; I used to get a fair amount pumping every day (sometimes more than 15 ounces), but these days I only get about 4-5 ounces a day. I pump 2-3 times (usually only twice) during the day and dd nurses in the evenings. I leave too early in the morning to nurse her then.<br><br>
Recently, when I nurse her, she gets bored really quickly. Sometimes she sort of bites me (clamps down on the nipple), but usually she just keeps popping off, looking around, and is done after very, very brief nursing (both breasts in 5 min or less; total BF time is 75% goofing off and 25% nursing; maximum she's at the breast these days is 10 min. Then she crawls out of my lap to go play.<br><br>
To combat all this, I offer her the breast whenever she seems interested on the weekends and always before offering food or a bottle of whole milk. Unfortunately, I simply cannot pump 4-5 times/day like I did at the beginning. It does disrupt my work and cost/benefit wise I need to keep it to 2-3 times/day. Fortunately, my employer has been great about it.<br><br>
Is she weaning? Is she getting bored quickly because my supply is lower? Should I just give up and let this happen? I feel really sad that this might be the end of breastfeeding. I love BF dd and I know it's still the best way to comfort her.<br><br>
Please, any advice welcome.<br><br>
Julia<br>
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Sounds like a nursing strike. She's at a prime time for it.<br><br>
Offer no other sucking- bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups - when you're with her. Offer no other milk when you're with her.<br><br>
Keep offering often.<br><br>
Co sleep and offer at night.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Thanks so much for your advice. We'll try everything you suggested.<br><br>
If I think she could be getting dehydrated, should I give water in a cup? She still just dumps liquids in a cup rather than drinking.<br><br>
Julia<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">If I think she could be getting dehydrated, should I give water in a cup? She still just dumps liquids in a cup rather than drinking.<br><br>
Julia<br>
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Sure, water in a cup is fine. Sometimes it goes over better if it's your cup <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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DS went through the same thing at that age. He didn't flat-out refuse to nurse, but he was only nursing 2-3 times a day, where before it had been 4-5. After a few weeks, he got over it and ended up self-weaning at 22 months.
 
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