LO will be 7 months on Thursday. I had asked some questions about this before, and we realized that we think in combo with this, he was having a late reaction to rotovirus immunization, which can be several days after exposure. He was sleepy and appeared ill in conjuction with this. Now he is just his normal sleepy.
LO just in last month or so has changed nursing habits. I am planning to start weaning at end of October and have him weaned by Christmas, hopefully. Daddy thinks this will be good. I am not looking forward to it, but nursing is becoming a wrestling and fighting match. I am looking forward to more freedom, and I guess if he gets some breastmilk through ten months, it was much more than I ever thought I could accomplish.
LO is taking less at the breast than he used to. I can just tell from the length of feeds. He tends to pop on and off, but a lot of times he barely takes milk and then immediately starts fussing, pulling away, and arching his back. His weight gain dropped at last visit, which we attributed to no solids due to constipation issues, which are ongoing. I have started feeding pears every day, and it helps a little. Now I have introduced prunes, and he still is going marbles. He was eating two jars a day, I have cut back to one, and still he is not nursing any better.
So, I am confused at these nursing sessions. First thing in the morning he does fine, no back arching, nurses well, etc. It gets worse through out the day. He works himself into a fit, and wriggles around, then when I do manage to get him going again, he chokes and coughs, making himself madder.
Lately I have had to pump and give bottles for certain occasions, and LO will often take up to 4 ounces a session. At night, daddy always gives a bottle, and he has taken up to 5 1/2 ounces. I am concerned that he is taking more at the bottle. I have heard that some will do this because it is an easier way to feed, but with our son he really in the past took similar amounts at breast and bottle. He started taking more from the bottle at about five months. I am concerned that he is taking more from the bottle because he trully is hungry, and for some reason the breast is causing an issue. It seems that way at least. It's not exactly a strike, more of a protest? I have always been an advocate that baby will nurse when he needs to and eat what he wants and needs, but I trully think now that he is not.