Dear LLL &/mothers who've been through the same,
I was EBFing my baby and enjoying it. He usually will stay at each breast for 10-20mins and finish both breasts until...
My baby was 4mth old. He started to be fussy and distracted during feeds. I tried to keep him at the breast by rocking him or giving him a toy to play with. The toy only worked for a while but the rocking works well. In fact he usually falls into deep sleep after just 1 breast. So when he stirs after abt 30mins while in this nap, I will just offer him the other breast while lying down, which he will take and pulls off once he had enough. Then he will continue his nap for another 30-40mins.
This works well for us for a while. Now he is 5mth old,
I have noticed the gradual but sure change. Baby
- started to refuse taking the breast he when he is fully awake.
- will only feed when he is asleep and stops feeding once he is awake
- If I try to feed him, he will arch his back, gag, choke and sometimes really vomit.
- only 1 breast at each feed. If I offer him both, he may gag or choke in the second breast and vomits all out.
So now, at 5 mths, he will only take 1 breast/2-4hours during the day.
From 8pm (his bedtime), he will take 1 breast / almost every hour until midnight.
He sometimes will wake once or twice (esp if he seems to take less during the day) at 2-5am. And another time at 7-8am.
Actually I am willing to tough it out... because he seems to have enough wet diapers and stools however, I am afraid bb is developing a very bad habit. Only eating when he is sleepy or asleep.
Please help! He refused the bottle since he was 2.5mth old and it is almost impossible to feed him with the bottle be it by a third person (my mil/hubby).
I tried to feed him some rice cereal since thinking that he is bored with BM. But he is refusing that too.
Is there anything I can do?
Or is this just a phase and he will outgrow it?
Is this possibly related to reflux? He vomits at times...