Re: 9 mon old not interested in nursing
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I think you're right to be alert, and right to be ready to make some changes, but you probably don't need to be concerned. Being not particularly interested in nursing at 9 months is common- a lot of babies lose a lot of interest at this age because they are so busy with new skills and new interests (e.g. crawling, playing with toys, interacting with people, etc.). A decline in weight percentile is also common at this age, as babies often drop percentiles as they become more mobile and start devoting more calories to action than to packing on fat. So that's all good, right?
Now, that being said, nursing just 4x per day is quite low for this age- a lot of breastfed babies are nursing at least double that amount. And because breastmilk has more calories and provides more balanced nutrition than any other food you can offer, it makes sense to encourage more nursing, especially when you're concerned about your baby's weight. So what I would do would be to immediately start offering the breast more often, even if she will only take it for 5 minutes. A brief sip here and there can really add up. I would also offer at night, at least once and more if you can stand it. Babies often nurse better when sleepy than when wide awake. Finally, if the baby still isn't nursing much, I would consider pumping in addition to nursing. It's possible that your baby's lack of interest in the breast has caused your supply to be lower, and that lower supply has resulted in decreased interest. Pumping could turn that around, and could also yield some milk that could be offered in a sippy cup or mixed with solids.
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