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Thread: Periodic nipple strike (maybe GERD related) only when alert

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    Unhappy Periodic nipple strike (maybe GERD related) only when alert

    LO has liked bottle more than nipple for some time. 3 lactation consultants later, and a few experiments shy of a novel, he still must be 1. hungry but not starving, 2. sleepy or borderline asleep, 3. in a dark, quiet room with zero movement or sound and 4. side-lying only, in a chair only, and even then he'll breastfeed for somewhere between 30 seconds at 3 minutes.

    At 7 months he can down 9 ounces from the bottle (no seriously) but won't take more than 2.5 ounces from the boob. Assuming (as I do) that taking from the boob is a wonderful and healthy practice, we're committed to keeping it going.

    If awake he complains if BEGINNING to approach the feeding area because he knows it's coming. Otherwise, he complains about NOTHING. He's happy, smiley, and curious about the world. When he pulls himself off early, he smiling, laughing and looking around. But if encouraged lightly with no pressure, to go back on the boob, he'll fuss and cry if not relieved of the offer.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Periodic nipple strike (maybe GERD related) only when al

    Hi, and welcome

    Did any of the the lactation consultants think that the size of the bottles might be a contributing factor to the problem? 2.5 ounces may be a little low if baby never takes any more than that- but otherwise that number is an entirely normal meal size for a 7 month old, while 9 ounces is twice the size of a large meal at the breast. A baby who has eaten 9 ounces in a bottle has just been fed about a third of his total needed calories for the whole 24 hour day, so he is not likely to be much interested in nursing.

    Were bottles started due to separations, poor weight gain, some other reason? How many bottles a day does baby get and how many total ounces? Have you tried cutting back on bottles, using paced bottle feeding techniques, or other ways of giving baby supplements?

    If awake he complains if BEGINNING to approach the feeding area because he knows it's coming.
    Will baby relax and be comfortable snuggling on your chest, or stretched out on the bed next to you, etc. but not nursing? Also what kind of positions have you tried?
    When he pulls himself off early, he smiling, laughing and looking around.
    Couldn't he just be done?


    Also what makes you say it might be GERD related? Your baby hardly sounds like a baby with GERD.

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