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    Default Is my dd weaning herself?

    My dd is 7 1/2 months old. I nurse on demand, and we are now down to 4 or 5 feedings a day, along with solids. I offer the breast first, then solids. My first question is, does that seem like enough nursings? Secondly, she is getting really distracted even if it is quiet. She will nurse for about 5 minutes on the first side, and very recently, only about 30 seconds on the second. She seems like now that she learned how to crawl she just wants to get back to it... instead of nurse. I am getting worried about my supply. My pump recently died, and I had to get a new one. It is different and I have yet to achieve let down with it. Does this sound like she is starting to wean herself, or is this normal for a baby her age? I am a first timer here. My SIL's baby weaned herself at 10 months, and every time I see her she asks how long I want to BF. When I say at least a year, she always gets rude, and says I don't have a choice it is up to my dd. Thanks, Tracey

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    Join Date
    Jun 2006

    Default Re: Is my dd weaning herself?

    First of all, welcome to the boards! Second, you are doing an excellent job as a mama choosing to give your baby the best start possible in life by breastfeeding.

    Regarding the weaning ... babies do who truly self wean before 12 months are extremely rare. And unless mom is doing some encouraging, babies rarely wean themselves before 18-24 months.

    Many times mothers (such as your SIL) will believe their baby is self weaning, when in fact it's something else entirely. The first of these things is a low milk supply. And the second is just normal developmental stages all babies go through. It sounds like you might be experiencing a little of both. My little one is also 7.5 months old and is so interested in crawling and cruising around that she is EXTREMELY distractible. We nurse in the dark room, do white noise, nurse lying down, etc, etc ... but her new world is just too darn exciting. This is really common in babies their age. Are you night nursing? That is one way to make up for the fewer day time feedings while your baby goes through this stage. And it is just a stage ... it's temporary.

    This is an excellent resource regarding weaning, it talks in detail about the distractibility issue and the low milk supply. It also includes tips to avoid premature weaning:

    Do babies under 12 months self-wean?

    Also see: The Distractible Baby

    Here us a quote from that site:
    "Older babies tend to be distractible and want to be a part of all the action around them. Your baby may be more interested in learning about the world than in eating during the day (these same babies often increase their night nursing to make up for their busy days).

    Milestone times, such as crawling and walking, and stressful times like teething or illness can also cause baby to be less interested in nursing - these types of things are common in the second six months.

    One should understand that this is not self-weaning but a temporary developmental stage."

    Remember, "this too shall pass." If you need any more help/support ... keep posting. And since our babies are the same age and going through the same issues, I'd be happy to chat anytime and "compare notes," so to speak.

    Mama to Adeline Brett, breastfed for 4.5 years (12/14/05) and little Eliza June, new tiny sprite in my arms and still learning the ropes (7/18/10)

    Family Blog • If I'm here I'm nursing and typing one handed ... forgive the typos!
    And I'm not a newbie at all ... I'm trying to get my old user ID working from back in the day ... paint-the-moon

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