Do teething babies nurse more?

Kimberly - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My little guy is showing all the signs of teething, and is nursing constantly.I know it is not a growth spurt. I have gotten all his cues down for them. This is different. He is fussier than usual, when given something cold to gnaw on he his so happy. He also wants his pacifer more than usual. I am going to get him some homeopathic teething gel, but what about the nursing. He won't even finish a full bottle. When I am not home he takes hours to finish one 8 oz bottle. Is this all b/c of teething and how do I break the cycle so that he eats more efficently?

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Kimberly - posted on 09/23/2009

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Sorry to confuse! I had to go back to work. :0( So when I am home I nurse him, while I am work I pump and he takes it in a bottle.

Nikki - posted on 09/23/2009

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I'm confused, are you nursing or giving a bottle? You mention both. It is normal that a teething baby will want to nurse more because its comforting.

Briana - posted on 09/22/2009

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My DD is teething right now too and barely nursing at all.... I have found that if I put the hylands teething gel on her gums first and wait about 5 minutes she is ready for a good nursing session

Hopefully that works for you too :)

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