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Teeth.

Is he drooling excessively and chewing on everything he can get in his little mouth? Are his shirts soaking wet from drool? If he hasn't already, he should be getting ready for his first teeth to come in.

My daughter is a month older than your son, we went through the same thing a month ago! We ended up weaning then, because my supply dropped so much that I wasn't getting more than 3 ounces at a time with both sides combined (and I was trying to pump or feed her ALL the time!).

You might try a dose of ibuprofen twice a day (once in the morning, and once at bedtime (make sure to space the doses 8 hours apart), and see if that won't knock out the teething pain and make eating times easier. Teething tablets 20 minutes before feeding can help, too.

If that doesn't work, keep in mind that.....

Some babies just naturally want to wean around this time, because of their teeth, because they are more interested in the things going on around them, because they are bored with staring at mommy's boobs.... etc. Some mommies can keep up their supply through pumping and bottle feed breast milk. Other mommies just can't keep the supply up, and that is okay. Formula fed babies are healthy babies, too (in fact, of my 4, the one who stopped breast feeding the earliest has been my healthiest kid.... go figure!). I'm fairly certain that it's WAY harder on Mommy to quit than it is on baby (even with my last, when I had severe breast pain all through 6.5 months of breast feeding, it was still hard to quit!).

Hope this helps! :)





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