OK. So ds is six months old today. Since month 2 he has slowly been nursing less and less during the day. He will drink until my milk lets down and that is about it. Then he will procede to twist and pull at my nipple HARD. If he had teeth, I would have no nipple. Then he will go at least of 2 hours befor he would take another drink. I do not have overactive letdown. I have pulled him off to see. I thought maybe he was just being really efficient, but then he nursed for such long periods at night. (with no twisting or pulling) So, I fugured he was catching up at night. His diapers were always OK. But it got to the point where every 10 to 14 days I have to pump to get my milk supply up.
So, he has begun nursing poorly at night, and his diapers were getting dry, and not as much poo. Up to this point he had only had a couple of bottles, and they were testers to see if he would take them. So, I started pumping durring the day and giving him some expressedd BM. I was hoping he would get tanked up at during the day and sleep better at night. The result was more wet diapers, but no improvement on the night waking. I have tried laying down to nurse in the day.
He will peacefully drink a bottle of EBM. Even a few ounces. He will peacefully eat at night (sometimes). But while he is awake he twists and pulls. I can tell it is not a pleasent experience for him. He does not like to nurse!
Now, he does have reflux. His docter said I could wait for him to outgrow it, try some zantac medication, or give him some cereal to keep everything down. Waiting and doing nothing was not helping at all. I really do not like the idea of medicating him, but I have started him on the zantac. I really see no improvement yet. It has been 5 days. In fact he seems extra fussy. And cereal just comes right up along with his milk.
Is his reflux causing him to dislike nursing? And if so, why does he do so much better at night...Isn't laying down supposed to be bad for reflux?
He now also has a cold, just to spice things up a bit!!
Will I forever have to pump and feed him a bottle so he will be nurished? Why doesn't he like nursing?
Can anyone help!?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!