Post # 1
My LO is going on 7 months and due to him not gaining weight fast enough we started introducing him to baby food at roughly 5 months. I’d always offer to nurse him before feeding him his “mush” and have been breastfeeding him the same amount of times per day. But lately it’s like he’s just not as interested. He’ll nurse for maybe 5 minutes then turn over and look at the ceiling for a bit then nurse for another 5 minutes then nurse maybe 10 minutes on the other side and then he’s done. I still feel full when he’s done so I know it’s not me running out but I’m thinking maybe he’s just trying to wean himself? :'(
Post # 2
He’s probably just a more efficient breastfeeder and becoming more curious about his surroundings as he gets older.
Post # 3
I know a lot of my friends who nurse introduced foods to their babies at six months old especially when they show an interest in the foods you eat. I think they do Baby Lead Weaning – check it out.
Post # 4
It’s very unusual for a baby that young to start self weaning. But it’s very normal for a baby that age to be distracted and interested in everything except nursing- it likely doesn’t have much to do with eating solid foods. Just hang in there and keep nursing. My baby went through the same thing but went on to nurse until 21 months when I weaned him. The annoying half assed distracted nursing ended by 11 months for us.
Post # 5
It’s incredibly common for babies to have a real slow down in their feeding frequency at this age as there are just so many other interesting things for them to be seeing and doing! You might like to try nursing in a boring room with limited distractions or you might find that it’s a good time to implement a loose feeding schedule (following baby’s cues, of course!) so that you know you’re nursing at the times that baby is hungry. Generally speaking, many babies will go back to nursing like newborns at around the twelve month mark – it’s almost like they realise they’ve been missing out on all that wonderful milk!
Post # 6
It sounds like he is probably just getting distracted by things around him, and also that he is becoming more efficient as well. My dd went through a phase like that and at 2 yrs she is still nursing!
Try bring him to a quiet place with nothing interesting to stare at, no tv or music, and see if that helps. Making eye contact and holding my daughter’s hand also helped keep her calm and focused during a feed.
Post # 7
Like others posters said, they get much more interested in their surroundings and distracted from nursing at this age. I wanted to add that food is only “fun before one”. Babies do not absorb much nutrition and calories from solid food before 12 months, so even if your baby does go on a nursing strike he needs to be supplemented with a bottle (of either formula or pumped milk) as 7 months is way too young to be on just solids. Most people don’t even start them until 6 months these days.
Post # 8
Ten minutes on each side sounds like a really decent feed! I hardly ever manage that from my baby. Sounds like he’s just more efficient and also just getting distracted.
Post # 9
Indeed, 10 min on each side is perfectly fine (I had it confirmed by a doctor). How often do you nurse? At 7 months old, we were down to nursing 3 times a day and eating a variety of solids (breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner), including cereal, vegetables, fruit, meat. So yes, breast milk or formula will be his main food for a while, but a variety of solids is quite important as well. In terms of weaning, if you continue to breastfeed, then you should be down to twice a day (morning and evening) at around 1 year old, however supplementing the meals at which there is no milk with yoghurt / cheese or some other dairy product.
Post # 10
Babies don’t wean on their own that young unless there are specific circumstances that promote it (like mom’s pregnancy/declining milk supply). 10 minutes on each side is normal. Babies are very distractable at that age. Try nursing in a dark, quiet room. Self weaning before a year doesn’t normally happen unless mom is encouraging it (she might not even know she is encouraging it, but doing things like not offering is a weaning technique or mom might interpret a normal nursing strike as weaning when it is not). I went through nursing strikes with mine (from 9-12mo), if you feel like he is distractable and not emptying you enough, you can pump to help maintain supply. I did that and after 1 year I quit pumping altogether and just let her determine when she wanted to nurse (which was about 2x a day though it went up to 4x a day after 15mo).
Post # 11
Kemma : Lol there’s nothing boring to this kid haha but thank you, I will try your advice out and see how it goes 🙂
Post # 12
blue_cat77 : I nurse him pretty much whenever he gets fussy. Are day is pretty much: He wakes up, diaper change, nurse, baby food. Play time/reading/outside time with a feeding break in between depending on how long we’re doing something. Nurse him if he’s interested then nap time. and repeat. I guess the shorter nursing times just came as a surprise to me lol it was a sudden change from long nursing sessions to shorter ones but you don’t realize a lot of things as a mom, like how the last 7 months have flown by so fast :'(