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Dear Mamas,<br><br>
I could use some input, as I've been fretting over some BFing troubles.<br><br>
DD is one week shy of one year old. She was exclusively breast fed, until I went back to work (when she was 6 months), at that time she started to have EBM from bottles (probably a mistake, she should have had milk from a cup) while I was away. She's been adding solids for 4-5 months, self feeding almost all of it. She gets a lot of her calories from solid food now, but still had nursies first thing in the morning and in the evening, and during the night if she woke up (which was seldom).<br><br>
I have two problems, and I think they are pretty obviously linked. One, she will reluctantly latch on now but only sucks for a minute before she pops off and cries. I am sure this is nipple confusion at least in part, she's a big girl and is observing that a bottle gives milk faster.<br><br>
As a result and maybe also before this got bad, my supply went from a small but adequate 6-7 oz per day down to maybe 2-3 oz per day. That's two pumping sessions. I'm freaked out that she's self-weaning, and so wound up that I could crack a walnut between my shoulder blades, I'm sure that's not helping.<br><br>
She's at home all day with her (extremely supportive) SAHD while I work. I have a strict work schedule but I can get home for lunch 3-4 days a week if I want to. I can only make time to pump twice during the day.<br><br>
Any ideas? Could it be a nursing strike? Should I keep offering, even if she pushes me away? If I can't convince DD to start nursing again, I will become and exclusive pumper just for the health benefits. But I have been losing sleep over her stopping nursing so young - we were set to go to two years and beyond. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
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It sounds like a nursing strike. I would treat it as such.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
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No advice, but I hope that things work out for the 2 of you. My DD #1 (14 months) weaned 5 days before DD #2 was born - we came SO CLOSE to making it to tandeming, but that last week or so, had gone down to 1-2x/day, then I guess she just didn't like the colostrum. Like you, I'd hoped for 2 yrs - I've offered repeatedly, & she just doesn't want to nurse any more - even if you can't get your DD nursing, at least you can pump for her.
 

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It sounds like a nursing strike, and not weaning. It also sounds like you want to continue nursing. Dd had multiple strikes before our first year as a result of a series of things...pacifier from the start, and bottles, not to mention separation from me because I woh. There was no way we could get the pacifier from her--she is so hard to get to sleep, hated cuddling, and rarely nursed to sleep (probably because of the paci, but what's done is done...). Anyway, when she was 12 months, she started slowing down on the breast, and we decided to remove at least one of her sucking sources--the bottles of ebm. It was really an easy transition to make, and it definitely increased the amount she nursed. We started with one bottle, and put that milk in a sippy. After a few days of it not seeming to make much of a difference, we took away another, and then another.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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Thanks for the replies Mamas,<br><br>
We are moving to Sippy Cups, she does have pacifiers and she likes them... we'll see how we go the next few days.<br><br>
I am not emotionally ready to wean her, the though of it makes me want to cry.<br><br>
I appreciate the input!<br><br>
love<br>
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I would be wary with sippy cups as well. And absolutely not give her any other sucking (bottles, pacifiers or sippy cups) when you are together.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
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****UPDATE****<br><br>
Last night we took a bath together and DD showed some interested in mama. She playfully nursed for a minute in the tub. Then after we got out and dried off, I put a diaper on her and offered again, et voila, she nursed for 45 min and fell asleep.<br><br>
She also nursed again for breakfast at 5:30, when I get up for work. The strike is over!<br><br>
So much for child-lead weaning! She's still a booby baby!<br><br>
I have learned a lot from this, thanks for your support everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grouphug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="grouphug"><br>
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Hi folks -<br><br>
A PS, she nursed nicely in the evening and woke up at 9, 11, and 3:30 to have more nursies... haha, I got what I asked for.<br><br>
much love,<br>
Xen
 
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