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Thread: 5-month old suddenly eating MUCH less :(

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default 5-month old suddenly eating MUCH less :(

    Baby is almost 6 mos old and BF has been going really well for us until now. Problem is...the last 3 days she is eating MUCH less -- maybe half of what she used to eat. I know she's eating less because:

    * shorter nursing times
    * my breasts are still full after feeding (VERY uncomfortable)
    * diapers are much less wet

    She has one bottle (pumped milk) before bed, and she'll only drink about 1/2 - 2/3 of her usual amount from the bottle. So it's not just a nursing strike. She does not eat any solids yet. She just got over her first cold (but is no longer congested).

    At each feeding, she'll eat a little, then SCREAM when I try to latch her back on. Propping her more upright helps a little. I've seen this kind of screaming when eating in reflux babies, but she doesn't spit up much.

    She's ALWAYS been a big baby (90+% in ht and wt), and is very very very chubby. And other than eating much less, she seems happy and normal.

    Any ideas? I am so frustrated (and sore!)


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Default Re: 5-month old suddenly eating MUCH less :(

    Checked her gums for teething signs?
    Maybe she's feeling a little under the weather??

    We've made it 1 YEAR

    A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. ~Grantly Dick-Read


    Married to DH since 2001
    Mommy to Mikki 2006
    Mommy to Xander 2008

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009

    Default Re: 5-month old suddenly eating MUCH less :(

    If she just had her first cold and was or is congested.... you may want to think about her ears. If she has an middle ear infection laying down and sucking could be painful. Is she pulling or rubbing her ear, fevers, still congested? Just something to think about.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: 5-month old suddenly eating MUCH less :(

    Mystery solved...Baby has an ear infection. I never would have guessed (no fever, fussiness, change in sleep, etc.) The only sign was poor feeding. Lesson learned and hopefully the abx will help soon!

    Thanks, all!

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