My DS just turned 7 months on Sunday. He has been on solids for about a month. Last week we had company and were very busy and he did not want to nurse much or for long. He started pinching my nipple, at first I think this was a game, but I am now thinking it may be because my supply is down. Today he has only nursed for quick 5 minute or less intervals, I am trying to have him nurse more frequently in the hopes of increasing supply.
I suspect his nursing strike is related to being very distractable and wanting to see, hear and experience everything that is going on all the time and that he wants solids instead of BM. Anytime he sees us eating, or when I am cooking he does his sign for food or more (he uses a hand gesture when he wants something).
His weight gain has slowed to nothing. I had him in last week for a follow up and he had lost an ounce from the week before, the two weeks before that he was only up 2 ounces in 2 weeks. Prior to solids he was gaining a half and ounce a day.
My question is what should I do? His only good nursing session today came at about 11am. He's had a 2 hour nap (he has never napped that long before) and I did not give him any solids this am. I only gave him solids today after the good BF session. Should I stop solids all together for a while? I am worried he will become aniemic if I do. My husband thinks we should stop solids and let him exclusivley BF until ge gets back on track. He is eating VERY little and his wet diapers are much fewer than they were even last week.
He is dairy and soy intollerant or allergic and is now on prevacid for reflux which has been an issue since day 1. It took him 9-10 weeks to even be able to latch on and feed so I am not ready to give up on BF and switch to formula or anything like that.
Any advise would be appreciated.