5 month old son teething and nursing

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I have a 2 year old daughter who I nursed until she was a year old. When she was teething I had no problem. Now I have a 5 month old little boy who is just starting to cut teeth on the bottom....he is refusing to nurse. I have had no problems nursing him until about 2 weeks ago. I have a pump for when I'm at work, but now i'm pumping 3-4 times a day. And my breasts still feel hard and kind of full like an hour after I pump (which I do for 12 minutes or so like I always have). I really want to strictly nurse when I'm at home, but he throws a fit and will only take the bottle. I feel like it's not ok to just pump, like it's not properly draining them like he would. Has anyone else had this problem or any suggestions on how to get through this rough patch??

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Melissa - posted on 04/09/2009

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My daughter refused to nurse when she was teething in the beginning. She would only nurse well when shewas sleepy. Now she is a year and prefers to nurse more when teething. Just keep offerring, it will pass. It may be painful for him to nurse since he has to suck harder. Maybe try to stimulte your breast just before nursing and offer it as you are letting down so that he doesn't have to suck so much. I've read that pumping doesn't fully drain you the same way nursing does.

Terri - posted on 04/09/2009

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you're welcome.  it does get confusing but i still think it's so much easier!  especially at night!  i have read that some babies get too distracted to nurse.  maybe he's too busy watching the days activities?  it could me a number of things...that's why it's so confusing...i usually just keep trying and one day she nurses again like it never happened.  i keep telling myself that the next time she does not nurse i will take the opportunity to wean her from the breast totally yet i never do.  i will miss the ease of breastfeeding and the closeness.  this morning her nose was too stuffy to nurse and i had to pump.  i said...ok...i'm going to wean her from the morning nursing session.  the thought lasted about a minute then...nah...not just yet.  i thought the weaning process was supposed to be hard on the baby, not the mommy!

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Now the last two days when he gets up to feed early in the morning (anywhere from 4-7 am) he has nursed perfectly.  But every other time I offer he turns away and fusses.  So i've been giving him breastmilk from a bottle. 



I've been pumping every 4-5 hours for 15 minutes now (the milk has usually stopped flowing by than) They seem to feel less full now, I think it might have been because he hadn't nursed for 3 days and I was strictly pumping, they might not of been used to it?!?!  Thanks for responding Terri, It's nice to hear from someone else.  Most of my girlfriends formula fed their babies.

Terri - posted on 04/07/2009

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my baby would not nurse sometimes when teething or when she has an ear infection (and she's had 4-5 so far!).  i just kept offering and when she refused I'd give her expressed milk in a bottle.  she also gets a bottle at daycare.  each time she has taken to nursing again just fine once the pain subsides.  i did find that when she was still sleepy (middle of the night, first thing in the morning) she was more likely to nurse. 



i'm not sure about your breasts still feeling full...maybe pump again and freeze?  or, just pump when you would normally feed him (as long as it doesn't become painful) your body should adjust.    are you pumping at least every 3-4 hours?  and do you pump until the milk no longer flows?

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