+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    57
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked
    19
    Reviews
    0

    Default BLW & Breastfeeding / Breast refusal

    Hi there,

    I'm new to the forum but have learnt a lot already just by reading through some incredibly informative threads. So a big thank you!

    Not sure if this should be in the BLW or Breastfeeding section...

    My DS is 7 months old and has taken to BLW like a duck to water. He absolutely loves food! We started him on solids at 6 months of age. Two weeks into BLW he dropped from 3 hourly breast feeds to 4 hourly (day and night). I was absolutely fine with this as it was expected. However, the past few days DS has decided to go at least 5 hours during the day between breast feeds (but 4 hourly at night still). I offer many times a day and he will push me away, scratching, pinching and crying. This means he is not having milk before solids as i thought he was supposed to? He does have a cold and stuffy nose atm so maybe this is the cause?

    My question is... Is this normal with BLW or should DS still be breastfeeding more frequently during the day? How does this compare to your breastfeeding journey with BLW? I really don't want to wean any time soon and i am concerned my milk supply may decrease. Should i be pumping?

    TIA

  2. #2
    headoverfeet's Avatar
    headoverfeet is offline The truth will set you free, but first it will **** you off. -Gloria Steinem
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    18,954
    Thanks
    3,142
    Thanked
    4,892
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    How much solids is he having?
    Is he stuffed up from the cold, have you tried unblocking his nose to see if he will feed better (I find feeding in a hotish steamy shower helps).
    If your instincts are telling you he isn't feeding enough he probably isn't, can you try more skin-skin contact? Is he crawling, sorry I didn't quote your post I find they don't feed as much when they first learn to crawl you can try laying on the floor with him and just having you boobies out some more.

    The kellymom website is a great resource they have a section on breast refusal which you might find helpful. He might be fussing at the breast because your supply has dropped a bit as long as he is still feeding I would cut back on the food and just offer more opportunities to feed as I said above.

    P.S welcome to Bubhub!

  3. #3
    headoverfeet's Avatar
    headoverfeet is offline The truth will set you free, but first it will **** you off. -Gloria Steinem
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    18,954
    Thanks
    3,142
    Thanked
    4,892
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    Sorry I forgot to tell you about my journeys! Both my blw babies didn't have much solids until after one. Food before one is just for fun, not a breastfeed replacement.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    57
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked
    19
    Reviews
    0
    Thanks so much for the info! I checked out the kellymom website (love that site). DH suggested we stop offering him water in a cup at meals too. What do you think?

    He has been crawling for a month, has two teeth and is now practising pulling himself up to his knees. So i guess a lot has been going on this past month.

    I carry him in the ergo a lot and we have skin to skin in the mornings and evenings. Actually now i think about it, those are his best feeds of the day and we lay in bed to feed.

    He eats three meals a day and i just offer food until he starts throwing it on the floor or hiding it in his lap. It varies each day how much he eats but an idea of the maximum amount would be two strips of chicken, two florets of broccoli, a strip of sweet potato and a couple of chunks of pear. There is obviously some leftovers on the floor when he is done but a lot of it goes in too.

    I'll try what you said about more skin to skin (just have to crank up the heater haha) and laying topless on the floor with him crawling around. I'll also try to not offer as much food tomorrow and see if he drinks more. Maybe i am over feeding him with solids? But after reading the BLW book i thought bubs would stop when he had enough. Am i missing something there?

    Thanks so much for your tips!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    57
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked
    19
    Reviews
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Thermolicious View Post
    Sorry I forgot to tell you about my journeys! Both my blw babies didn't have much solids until after one. Food before one is just for fun, not a breastfeed replacement.
    Yeah this is what i expected, especially after reading the BLW book and this forum, but that hasn't been our experience so far which has surprised me. He took to food so well and eats very effectively so as to ingest quite an amount of solids. Do you think that is ok and babies are different? Or do you think i should be intervening on the amount offered?

  6. #6
    headoverfeet's Avatar
    headoverfeet is offline The truth will set you free, but first it will **** you off. -Gloria Steinem
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    18,954
    Thanks
    3,142
    Thanked
    4,892
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    It doesn't sound like too much, the water thing is a good idea just make sure you offer boob straight after DS2 started solids just before his 1st birthday and he didn't have water until he was 14mths just watch bubs poops and wee, you'll know if they aren't getting enough that way.

  7. #7
    headoverfeet's Avatar
    headoverfeet is offline The truth will set you free, but first it will **** you off. -Gloria Steinem
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    18,954
    Thanks
    3,142
    Thanked
    4,892
    Reviews
    1
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 postsRuby Star - 15,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    Quote Originally Posted by Mummablue View Post
    Yeah this is what i expected, especially after reading the BLW book and this forum, but that hasn't been our experience so far which has surprised me. He took to food so well and eats very effectively so as to ingest quite an amount of solids. Do you think that is ok and babies are different? Or do you think i should be intervening on the amount offered?
    No no it sounds like your doing well, that's the idea behind blw

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    57
    Thanks
    21
    Thanked
    19
    Reviews
    0
    Ok great thanks for the support and ideas! Yep i always try and offer boob first, then solids. I'll just keep offering and take note of how much he is eating. His poos are solid like that of a one year old and he has constant wet nappies so i'm not concerned on that front. He also has a steady weight gain.

    Thanks again for putting my mind at ease. It's all very new to us.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Breast Refusal?
    By Ruby_Tuesday15 in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-01-2012, 21:28
  2. Daytime breast refusal
    By northern in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 09-01-2012, 20:06
  3. Breast Refusal - 9 month old
    By Mummy2aandh in forum Breastfeeding Support
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-01-2012, 08:23

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Nice Pak Products
Australian Made and Owned. The Baby U Goat Milk Skincare range is enriched with soothing goats milk sourced from country, Victoria. Goat's milk has a pH level close to that of our own skin and contains natural sources of amino acids and vitamins.
sales & new stuffsee all
True Fairies
True Fairies is the first interactive website where children can engage and speak with a real fairy through the unique webcam fairy portal. Each session is tailored to the child, and is filled with enchantment and magic.
Visit website to find out more!
featured supporter
Pea Pods Reusable Nappies
Pea Pods are the smart choice when it comes to choosing what's best for you, your baby and the environment. Affordable and simple to use, Pea Pods keep your baby dry & happy. Visit our website to find your nearest stockist or order online.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!