I thought I would turn to you ladies for support. My LO is 8 months today and I am at the point that I feel like quitting.
She is tiny (15 lbs. 9 oz as of yesterday) and we have had an issue with her not being a "hungry" baby from the start. She has never been like my son was who let everyone know when he wanted to eat.
She is currently eating LESS than 5 mins. per feed from only one breast. She is doing this approx. 5-6 times a day. I know babies can be efficient eaters but 3 mins. I think is pushing it. I hardly think I have had a let down by the time she pulls off!
However, she rarely asks to be fed (she has been like this from the start). I offer all the time and she probably takes the breast 5 or 6 times a day. The rest of the time she flatly refuses me and gets upset. This is where I am getting frustrated - should I back off on offering her the breast and wait until she is actively asking for it and hope that she will eat longer this way or should I keep offering? I have noticed that since the time she nurses has gotten shorter (over the last 6 days) her wet diapers have decreased a bit.
I worry that she isn't getting enough. I have tried removing solids (she is getting a minimal amount of these) but it doesn't change anything.
Any advice - anyone who has a baby around the same age who only eats 4 or so times a day? It always seems that the babies on here love to BF and do it 6-8 times a day (if not more) at this age.
I am sad that it isn't the same type of BF relationship I had with my son. He loved to nurse and I miss that. I wish my BF relationship with my daughter was without stress for the both of us.