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Hunger strike or self weaning?

Written on July 24, 2006 by Kevin.

Over the past week or so, my wife has seen a big change in Rylan's feeding habits. In the past, he would feed every couple of hours and go along with his day. Lately though, while he still wants to latch on, he just doesn't do so. At least in the same way.

Rylan now latches on and then drops off after a minute or so. This happens for the duration of the feeding. The final result is a half fed baby and non stimulated milk glands. We initially thought this was caused because of his massive amount of teeth coming in but after a bit of reading, it appears quite possible that Rylan is weaning himself slowly.

Around 9 months, it is not uncommon it seems for babies to begin weaning themselves. This can be caused by a few things. Most likely for Rylan, it is because he has better things to do. Babies appear to think that there is not enough time in the day to do what they need to do so they make the feeding shorter and shorter. I think that we can all somewhat agree with this. The other possibility is that Rylan is becoming more independent. With the advice of the doctor, we have begun feeding him more baby food. It seems that he may be beginning to prefer this. Slowly, we will begin to let him feed himself and see where he can take it.

Only time will tell what exactly Rylan is thinking. We have hope that my wife can feed him until he is 1 year old but from the looks of it, the milk will eventually run out.

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