|I had planned to breastfeed for at least a year, but my six
month old baby shows less and less interest in the breast
and prefers to drink from her cup and be independent. I feel
so sad and wonder if there was anything that I could have
done to change this situation?
Firstly, motherhood almost never turns out the way we planned.
What we fail to take into account is that baby will have
her own ideas and thoughts from day one, and often will
not fit into our rosy dreams.
However, with a small baby it is possible to mix your signals.
Sickness, teething and a general growing interest in what
is going on around them will make babies seem disinterested
in feeding. It is worth persevering for a while and trying
a few different tactics. Some babies need to be fed in a
quiet place so that they can concentrate on the task and
not be distracted. Some babies can feed quietly and contently
when they are sleepy, after a nice bath or any time like
that. Interestingly, the opposite is also true. There are
some babies that prefer to know that they are not missing
out on any event that may be happening. Some of them will
feed very well in a sling while you do your chores. Then
they can suck while keeping one eye on the world, and feel
contented because of the activity. So, it’s up to
you to experiment and see if you can find a solution to
your baby’s seeming lack of interest.
However, some babies naturally do have restless natures
and find it very hard to settle down to a feed. These babies
are prone to weaning themselves at an early age. What you
have to accept is that this is a reflection of the inherent
personality of the baby and not any failing on your part.
It is also possible that because your baby has been feeding
erratically, that your milk supply has diminished and now
no longer fulfills the need of the baby. You could try doing
some expressing after every feed to boost the milk supply,
but this can be quite tiring unless you are very determined.
It is extremely common for babies to wean themselves around
a year old. If they continue feeding for much longer than
this then they are unlikely to wean themselves.
Weaning - Bottle
Weaning - Cutting down on feed
Weaning - Demanding dummy
Weaning - Exhausted mother
Weaning - Mother’s discomfort
Weaning - Preparation
Weaning - Regression
Weaning - Sick baby
Weaning - Weaning off bottle