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my dd is only 13 weeks old and she has recently cut back on nursing quite a bit. she rarely makes the signal that means she wants to nurse...i am feeling sad and concerned.<br><br>
she used to comfort nurse often throughout the day (about 4-5 times) but now i just keep offering and she'll latch on half-heartedly for just a few seconds, then tear away abruptly and stare up at me with a weird look. i feel like she really only wants to nurse 3 times during the day.<br><br>
at night she still comfort feeds a lot.<br><br>
my breasts have reduced to about half their size and after a normal feeding they feel painfully empty.<br><br>
my dd has been in the 95th percentile until now...could she be leveling off? is this common at such a young age? should i start pumping? we just got rid (i think!) of a thrush infection that started in her mouth and moved deep into my breasts. could this have something to do with it?<br><br>
the look she gives me makes me worried. should i listen to my mothers intuition or is it probably hormones? i would feel devastated if she is weaning already <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
thanks for listening.
 

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Hi, you dd is actully 1 day younger then mine, she resently started to nurse less durring the day time also, she nurses about 4-5 times but doens't nurse at all durring the night, she sleeps about 8-12 hours. My breast now only get the full feeling at night when she sleeps for that long, never durring the day. How often is she peeing and pooping? that is the best indicator. My dd1 did a percentile jump around 4 months from the 90's down to the 40's it was scary at first but then the dr said it was just a jump and after that she's been at 40 ever since! I would way watch her diapers and call the dr if you need more reasurace and just take her in for weight check or something!
 

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Have you begun a new excersize routine? Changed your diet? Eaten a lot of garli, shellfish or anything new? Have you switched shampoos or deodorants? All of these things can change the taste of your milk. I'd try a more mellow flavored diet and moderate actvity levels. Your baby is *NOT* weaning! She vitally needs your milk! Your letdown may also be adjusting itself and taking a little longer to come which could frustrate her. Put the baby to the breast often if you have any worries about her getting enough! It's the only thing she needs until she's 6 months old (AAP). She will need your milk accompanying solids for quite a while after that as well!<br><br>
You might want to read this article:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babyselfwean.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babyselfwean.html</a>
 

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I agree with the pp, babies don't wean that early. She may have different signals now that you need to get used to, or she may be one of those babies that does not give clear signals and you will need to offer the breast to her every few hours.<br><br>
4 or 5 times a day seems very low at that age (my 2 year old nurses that often, and he eats 4 meals of solids a day) and I would offer to try to get her on the breast more often. She won't be ready for solids til 6 months so it is important to make sure she nurses often enough. The link the pp gave is excellent, you can explore that site for other info as well to find out more. Here is a page about how to get your baby nursing more often and for longer periods-<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a>
 
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