Wednesday, June 14, 2006

She's on strike

I've been very keen, over the last few months, to wean Baby off her night feeds. I really didn't expect that she'd go on strike entirely.

Since Monday night, she's only bothered to breastfeed twice. I wonder if this is temporary and due to getting over a big cold, or the start of something permanent?

11 comments:

Avery's mom said...

nightly feeds are such a horrible thing to get into routine with. we've gotten down to two disturbances/bottles a night and I still feel like she's only waking because we've trained her to want food....I guess these babies need fed but Avery's getting formula (suppose to be longerlasting digestive wise) I dont know what I'm doing...just wish one of these days I could sleep for over 6 hours and know what a nights rest is.

darth said...

definitely could be permanent...its amazing how quickly changes occur as you near one year...stuff just happens! :D

Violet said...

avery's mom: Oh I KNOW! She got into a routine of feeding mostly at night when she turned 3 months, and only cut down once she'd become established on 3 solid meals a day. I so don't want to go down that path again...

darth: yeah, like she suddently wont eat anything off a spoon unless you sneak it into her mouth when she's distracted by a large piece of luncheon meat flapping in front of her.

Rainypete said...

It's funny how different the little ones can be. our daughter wouldn't eat anything remotely meat like, nor any cooked carrots. She wanted a bottle until she was almost 14 months.

The little guy, at 9 months, is like a black hole. Anything solid is just fine by him (except for parsnips and peas) and it's a trick getting enough liquid into him.

Beth said...

Hey Violet.
The kellymom website has some great info on nursing strikes. www.kellymom.com
I can't imagine Eve ever strinking - she will take anything that's offered any time. There is nothing she won't - eat except tomato. I think she would breasfeed all day, but I have her down to 4 feeds now.
Hope baby starts feeding again soon.

Nyx said...

Could coincide with a cold, also could coincide if she's had any shots recently - mine went off their food after those. She's too young to want to give up the milk permanently isn't she?

Violet said...

rainypete: and they change all the time eh? Baby was great with eating pureed veges and fruit, but not meat. Now she'll only eat veges and fruit if it's stealthily spooned into her mouth as she's about to take a bite of luncheon meat or toast.

beth: that's a good site, which I've forgotten about already. That's were I found info about reverse cycling, which Baby was doing at three months (and driving me bonkers with it). I give three breastfeeds per day, but there's always one or two more after she'd gone to bed for the night.

nyx: you could be right, since she's only just gotten over a cold. She seems to be back to normal today, so that's a relief. Apparently some babies self wean even at a young age - like 7 months.

happy and blue 2 said...

If she stopped because of a cold then keep the cold going I guess.
Pretty soon she won't need you for anything more than the car keys, tee,hee..

cesca said...

How old is bub now? If I remember rightly my kids were down to only 3 feeds a day at 9 months old and 2 feeds by 12 months.

Kazzer said...

Violet, I believe this stage is called 'being a right little madam'. According to my Mum it will last until she is about 20.
Have you tried showing her the Lord of the Rings films to get her off to sleep? Worked for me twice on the flight to the UK.

Violet said...

happyandblue2:yeah, but if her cold continues, her room will become saturated with the steam from the vaporiser we've had going every night for over a week now. There'll be mold everywhere.

cesca: she just turned 10 months, and yesterday she had two feeds during the day and a third about 2 hours after she went to bed (she wouldn't have her pre-bedtime feed).

kazzer: I think you've hit it on the nose. Baby certainly does like seem to like having an influence on her environment. Watching anything on the telly only perks her up (and, hey - LOTR wasn't boring!).