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    Default Getting a 15 month old back onto breastfeeding

    I've been away from my 15 month old for about a week and a half, I've been expressing while I've been away to try and keep up my supply.

    While I was away DH gave bottles of breast milk twice a day and then when that ran out, he went into cows milk.

    Now I'm back with my little guy, he refuses to breastfeed it's like he's forgotten! He will gladly take a bottle with EMB but id prefer to get him back on the breast as it's so much easier.

    Is it possible and how?

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    Could you maybe try when he is drowsy or even asleep? When we're half asleep we tend to revert back to old habits so it could maybe work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    I've been away from my 15 month old for about a week and a half, I've been expressing while I've been away to try and keep up my supply.

    While I was away DH gave bottles of breast milk twice a day and then when that ran out, he went into cows milk.

    Now I'm back with my little guy, he refuses to breastfeed it's like he's forgotten! He will gladly take a bottle with EMB but id prefer to get him back on the breast as it's so much easier.

    Is it possible and how?
    Yep. Do the feed to sleep or just let him play with you naked. Skin to skin, sleepy shirtless cuddles.

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    I was thinking of skin to skin but it's just been so cold. I was hoping his 6am feed would have him latch but as soon as he felt it against his lips he pulled away and started to cry.

    Has anyone had any success with this? Or am I wasting my time? I've only been back with him since yesterday so I know it's still very soon, but he's sick at the moment as well so I don't want to force him (not that I even could) because when he cries his nose gets all blocked up so I've just been giving in and giving him the bottle when he gets too upset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAgirl View Post
    I was thinking of skin to skin but it's just been so cold. I was hoping his 6am feed would have him latch but as soon as he felt it against his lips he pulled away and started to cry.

    Has anyone had any success with this? Or am I wasting my time? I've only been back with him since yesterday so I know it's still very soon, but he's sick at the moment as well so I don't want to force him (not that I even could) because when he cries his nose gets all blocked up so I've just been giving in and giving him the bottle when he gets too upset.
    If you truly want to bf stop giving him bottles. Remember bf is physically harder than using a bottle. You could express a little onto your nipple so he can smell and taste you before he nurses.

    Get under the covers with him for the morning feed so you both are warm and snuggly.

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    At the moment he's quite sick with a cold, had a really bad cough and fevers, I have tried offering breast at every feed and even in between, I've tried tricking him by putting a dummy or bottle in his mouth and then quickly swapping over, I've tried skin to skin, quiet room, etc, NOTHING is working

    Even worse is that I'm expressing twice a day and I'm only getting 20ml 😢 about 3/4 days ago when I was expressing I was at least getting around 60ml... I don't know why it's dropped so much and so suddenly.

    I just don't know what to do anymore 😪

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    From what I've been told you should be expressing regularly if he's getting bottle he will probably enjoy that more as if easier and a lot more at once. Milk dries up quickly as my midwife said demand=supply. If you still want to give him breast milk but he won't take the breast anymore from what I understand expressing at every interval that he's hungry for 15-20 on each side and give that to him at bottle time. Good luck with everything.

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    I got through a nursing strike with my 13 month old, but he had another strike at nearly 15 months and that was that. We couldn't get through it. He literally screamed and ran off when I tried. It was traumatising at the time but I am happy he did it his own way. Good luck!!!

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    I think it's probably the end for us I didn't want or think it would end like this. It's like being away for me for a week and having bottles has made him forget how to breastfeed altogether 😢

    Problem is that I don't want to use formula but he still wakes from 4;30am for a feed, if I don't give him one he cries and doesn't go back to sleep. I don't have near enough BM to give him. 20ml just won't cut it. He will happily drink cows milk, but I don't feel it has enough nutrients in it. I specifically wanted to bf him through this winter as his older brother is in daycare and both have been very sick this year


 

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