I have two fellow-mom-friends with babies born last March (so that makes them not quite a year old). Both have babies that are not interested in nursing. They say they have to "fight" them to get them to nurse. One mom has already weaned her baby. She says he (the baby) doesn't care and likes formula better.
On the other hand, my 13-month-olds nurse 10 times a day (including at least one night feeding) and would be devastated if they couldn't nurse. (So would I!)
So, my question for y'all: What contributes to this early weaning (i.e., before 1 year)? Why do these babies have no interest in nursing?
A couple of my thoughts:
- My limited observation has been that these moms have not made nursing readily available during the first year, i.e. it's been on their timeline, not baby's. They try to "hold the baby off".
- Both these moms have used "Cry It Out" at night and not nursed/comforted their babies during night wakings. (I think that both the babies still have occasional "CIO" nights.)
What do you guys think?