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Bailey has been decreasing her nursing sine her birthday last month, and *I* am NO WHERE near ready for this part of our relationship to end.
She went from nursing every 3 hours during the day, and 1-3x during the night to what she is doing now. She will nurse for less than 2 minutes in the morning, then start using her teeth to play and fight to get down. Then she will nurse fine before her nap most days, but some days she fights that as well. Then won't nurse again until bedtime, nurse fine for 5 or so minutes but then she either falls asleep or bites me until I give up and put her down. And most nights she is sleeping through. The nights she doesn't she will nurse/snooze for 20-30 minutes, then start crying/crawling all over the bed, I keep offering, and end up putting her back in her crib where she goes right back to sleep.
I've tried offering more often, decreasing her whole milk intake (Tom gives it to her 2-3x a day)
Since she didn't want to nurse once yesterday before 2, when I got in the shower I expressed whatever milk I could and within 1-2 minutes I was unable to express anything.. Does that make sense??
Am I just over analyzing this? She does still lunge at my breast when she see's it, but if I don't offer she isn't asking for it anymore..
Nicole: Tom's Wife [5.7.05]; Mommy of Thomas [9.6.05], Collin [1.17.08], & Bailey [10.2.09]
My kids self weaned at this age. Not all of them did, but some did so I think you are smart if you want to keep breastfeeding to start offering the breast more often. I'm not saying that she is self weaning. Just saying that she could. I think as long as you keep offering the breast frequently she will pick back up. I think around one year is where they start getting interested in other things so it's easy for them to be distractable and forget to nurse. Just keep reminding her and I'm sure she'll pick back up with nursing.
Is she eating 3 meals a day? How many food snacks? How much whole milk does she get those 2-3x a day? At 12 months most babies only need about 12 to 16 ounces of milk a day (and then another 12 to 16 ozs of water diluted juice a day) if they are eating solids good, so if she is getting 3 to 4 oz of whole milk 2 to 3 times a day it stands to reason she will nurse less.
If you want to continue I would stop the whole milk and if you need to be away from her have your hubby offer her water, diluted juice or a food snack. I bet you will see her come back to the breast in no time!!!