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Breastfeeding trouble?
February 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM
When you think back to the time that your child (who is on the autism spectrum) was little, did they have trouble Breastfeeding (if you breastfed that is?) and if you didn't, did they have feeding problems in general?

I once heard from a child psychiatrist that feeding problems are often the first sign that something is wrong and I wonder if that is true for you.


  • N.Carter2001
    February 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Yes when my 1st son was born. They had to keep him in nicu cause he just did not want to take a bottle for a week. He only wanted to sleep. It was a fight for us to get him to eat. Breast feeding I think we both had problems. After he turned 4 years old we got told he has autism. He still very picky on food. 

  • emarin77
    February 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Yes. Antonio, my son would not let me breast feed him. He would just cry hysterically when I gave him my breast.  So I just pumped for a month. Then my milk just dried up .  So I formula fed him, no problems after I gave the bottle to him.  

  • Bluerose1482
    February 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Nope.  My son breastfed past a year old.

  • kinshipcaremama
    February 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM son was a great nurser from the beginning. I breastfed him past his second birthday.
  • amonkeymom
    February 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    My son took to breastfeeding like a champ, never a problem.  He nursed for 18 months and he was a preemie to boot.

  • darbyakeep45
    February 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Interesting.  Yes, Brady has ALWAYS had feeding difficulties...from birth until present.  I wasn't able to breastfeed as we had know exactly what he was getting (in ounces).  I excluslively pumped for 7 months adding formula to it to increase calories.  He was 7 months old weighing just 12 pounds.  So, then I stopped giving him breastmilk and we tripled the concentration of his formula and he finally started to gain weight!  When he turned 1 year old, we switched to whole milk with carnation instant breakfast for added calories, and he drank that for about 8-9 months, but couldn't gain anymore weight.  So, he got a g-tube (feeding tube) right before he turned 2 years old.  His weight has been pretty good since then!  He still gets all fluids and Pediasure through his g-tube but is eating baby food now!

  • lucasmadre
    February 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    My little sweet pea had a bit of "failure to thrive." He just wanted to cuddle up and sleep next to me. He actually lost some weight but they said that wasn't uncommon while waiting for your real milk to come in. I had a great lactation specialist and thanks to her she got him eating and then he was a great eater until about three when he started getting very picky about texture and taste...before that he would try and eat just about anything. It was so nice :) So I guess it was the first sign although NO ONE implied anything was wrong with him even when I asked his doctor repeatedly if things seemed a little off to her. She said I was a typical first time mom and was over reacting...guess she was wrong. She actually had the guts to say that the autism she had seen was usually cause by bad parenting...can you imagine and this was in 2004!! x liked her cause she wore short skirts and flirted with him but I never liked her...oh well, I ramble.  XO

  • mommy4lyf
    February 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    My son had difficulty for couple days and he cries a lot.

  • patnic
    by patnic
    February 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Nope, my kids didn't have any problems with breastfeeding.  

  • kajira
    by kajira
    February 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    not with breastfeeding, but switching to solids and eating diffent textures.

    I'm ASD and I was a very picky eater as a young kid, and so was my son.

    But, when it came to breastfeeding, no he had no problems nursing, and I know my mom breastfed me for a while, and never mentioned any issues other than she didn't really like being attached to a baby all the time. it cramped her style.

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