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June 15th, 2012, 09:00 PM
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This is my first post here, sorry to just pop through for advice :/

Katelyn (who is 10 months, 11 on the 24th) is nursing less and less. We're down to 2-4 feedings a day
Sometimes she nurses when she gets up, but it usually isn't long, maybe 10 minutes. She'll nurse again before each nap (she naps twice) and one of those she'll usually nurse a solid 20 minutes or so, but the other is usually just comfort nursing. She nurses again at bedtime, but again, just comfort nursing, like 5-10 minutes and she's done.
Do you think this is self weaning?
I take her in my room almost all the time now, no distractions of any kind, try to enourage her to nurse more, but no. Almost never any night nursing anymore either.
Aside from my own feelings on not being ready to wean her, she still has a huge aversion to dairy and can't have milk without screaming and terrible gas.
On top of it, she's been refusing my right side for a week now. Yesterday I tried to pump and after 20 minutes got a whole ounce.
Should I just break down and buy her some soy milk? Stop giving her water so she has to nurse when she's thirsty??

This is so frustrating.

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June 16th, 2012, 07:32 AM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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it is not uncommon for kids, when they start getting more active, to either nurse less or nurse a lot more. Maybe she is too busy to nurse? maybe try to find a quiet, dark, place to lay down with her to nurse? Generally self weaning does not happen until 2-4 years of age.

read this! http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/babyselfwean/

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June 23rd, 2012, 02:56 PM
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I'm wondering if she is still taking a lot when she nurses. My 13 month old will nurse gazillion times over the course of the day but for her nursing for full 5 minutes is long. I havent timed her but I'd guess that a lot of her nursing sessions are just 1-2 minutes.

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June 23rd, 2012, 05:24 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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that is true. as they age, your breastmilk also becomes more concentrated as well.

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June 24th, 2012, 12:16 PM
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I don't really have any advice on this but I will say that my almost 6 month old has never nursed for very long - now, most of her sessions are 5 minutes or less. She is still gaining good and so must be getting a lot out pretty fast.

When I went through the process of weaning my older daughter (was dealing with pregnancy, so dried up), I night weaned her around 9-10 months and by 11-12 months she had dropped many of her feedings,. however, she kept the nap and evening feeds for 6 more months. So, even though she might not be nursing a lot now, that doesn't mean she is weaning.
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