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9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« on: March 05, 2016, 16:11:15 pm »
Hi!

I was wondering if it's common for a baby going through a growth spurt to not eat as much solids but wanting to nurse more frequently? I tried researching it and did not really find anything. DS just turned 9 months and usually eats 3 meals a day (about 3-5 oz of food) plus 5 feeds a day. However, last two days he's eating less and wanting milk more frequent. I know there's a bug growth spurt around 9 months so I think it's bc of that.

I don't mind as I nursed him a little more during the day yesterday and it helped him not wake up 3 times in the night to nurse (he only woke up twice).

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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2016, 18:34:31 pm »
Hi just letting you know I've asked someone with BF experience to pop over here.


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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2016, 20:46:19 pm »
Thank you so much Creations!

Ps. I have been sick for the last couple of days (flu). This may sound like a strange question for the BF expert but I'm wondering do babies sense illness and possibly nurse more to build up antibodies and avoid being sick? Is that really farfetched lol
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2016, 00:25:32 am »
Perhaps if you have been sick your supply is a bit lower hence the extra nursing. But I did read an article recently that they discovered that apparently baby saliva backwashes into the breast and our bodies use the info fr that to tailor the milk if the baby is ill. My kids were mixed fed by 9 months (formula & bm in addition to solids) so tbh I have no btdt but my best guess is growth spurt combined with (possibly) temporary low supply due to your illness.
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2016, 02:10:23 am »
Thank you! That makes sense bc I feel as though he's just not satisfied and two hours later he wants to nurse again! How long does this last generally before I should rethink the feeding?
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2016, 02:46:14 am »
Are you getting good hydration? Hard I know when you are ill but really important for you and your supply.  I would give it a few days until you are back to normal and then see how things pan out. Plus if a growth spurt is partly responsible that can last a few days too!
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2016, 04:18:20 am »
I can definitely drink more as I haven't been drinking as much as I usually do. I think it's affecting night too as tonight he has already woken up twice before midnight. I only fed him once.
« Last Edit: March 06, 2016, 04:29:44 am by JennVanessa1083 »
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2016, 14:20:47 pm »
It might be - he could be feeding more often to boost your supply, they often do during growth spurts and perhaps combined with your illness that is all it is. For sure try to get more fluids in - it will help you as well as your supply (I hope you are feeling better!)
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2016, 19:45:48 pm »
Just to say hope you're better soon :-* Flu is horrible :( I know my supply definitely dropped when I had it when DD was 6mo - but she had it first and so her appetite dropped, so my supply dropped, and then when I got flu myself it dropped further, so I can definitely say that we've experienced that, but as Heidi said, you should find that all that feeding will help to build up your supply again. Actually since DD still didn't quite have her appetite back again when I got flu, I ended up doing a bit of extra pumping (may not have been necessary) to try to build it back up again - but is sounds like your LO is doing that work for you ;) Please just rest as much as you possibly can, I know that's hard to do in practice though :-\ get well soon!



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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2016, 17:04:06 pm »
Thank you ladies!

I'm feeling much better and DS is still feeding every 2-3 hours with solids! Wondering if it's also his 9 month old growth spurt?

Speaking of which; is it ok to pump and give him extra milk in a sippy with solids during a growth spurt? Will that hurt my supply?

How long does the 9 month spurt last? I heard it can be a doozy lol

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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2016, 05:14:26 am »
I never pumped much so I am not sure on that, and we were partly on formula by that age so I never really noticed an uptick in feeds.
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2016, 15:52:30 pm »
What sort of things do you guys get up to in the day? I'm just wondering if he might just need distracting if he isn't truly hungry.

I wouldn't worry about your supply dipping due to pumping instead of feeding for a few feeds as long as you are BFing at the other feeds.
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2016, 16:11:39 pm »
Hi!

It depends on the day. Sometimes we have a music class,sometimes run errands, or stay home. He is a pretty independent baby so I could pump while he plays. How long should o wait to pump after a feed?
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2016, 17:17:40 pm »
I'd do it immediately you are done feeding or after he goes to bed at night.
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Re: 9 mo old suddenly wants more milk than solids?
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2016, 17:45:30 pm »
Ok...do for example, pump right after the morning feed?
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