Breastfeeding/Eating

Kat - posted on 04/07/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 18 months. He is NOT interested in eating ANY veggies like he use to be. Hes not really eating much of much the past 2 days. He LOVES chedder cheese and he is even turning that down. I am wondering if it has to do with the past few month he has been cutting molars.Today i looked in his mouth and his bottomr right is SOOO swollen(ouch!) and i see some white pushing through. Mainly all he wants to do is breastfeed. Sometimes i nurse him once in the middle of the night. Is this all totally normal and i am so worried for nothing. To my circle of moms, thanks for any advice or related experience stories.

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Brie - posted on 04/11/2012

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I read this online-



Pump or express some breastmilk and then freeze it! Either put some in a (clean!) ice cube tray and stick a pacifier into the breastmilk (the nipple part of course) or a teething ring or whatever works for you. Then give it to your son to suck on. They get nutrients from the breast milk, relief from the pain because its cold! Try it out and see if it works for you.

Lori - posted on 04/09/2012

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Since it sounds like teething causing the lack of interest in food (rather than an illness or underlying medical condition) - I'd think he'd be fine for several weeks or even longer on just breast milk. As long as he's not getting dehydrated. If he's not nursing enough make sure you're also offering water. Ice water is great for teething babies. I don't know if there's any "set" rule about how much a toddler needs in addition to breast milk. I do know in some countries that breast milk is the main if not only source of nutrition for 2 or more years. And it's because of breastfeeding that those babies survive.



I'd keep offering solids, let him choose what he's willing to eat, but if he just doesn't want solids rest assured that he'll be fine on just breast milk alone. Your milk supply is likely to increase now with him nursing more, and that will keep him fed and healthy. When those teeth make their way through he'll probably resume eating solids like before and you may have a day or two of feeling engorged, then you're supply will readjust again.

Lori - posted on 04/07/2012

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If he's teething or coming down with a cold it's COMPLETELY NORMAL. Teeth can really hurt coming in, and molars are worse than other teeth. My first daughter (now almost 4 years old) would also almost completely stop eating solid foods and would only want to nurse when she was teething. I know some babies go on nursing strikes when teething, but mine wanted to nurse constantly. My 2nd daughter is now 16 months old, and isn't quite as extreme about not eating solids when teething, but she does wake more often at night when teething, and wants to nurse more too. When the tooth comes through she goes back to her pre-teething schedule.



I'm sure he's way past eating baby food purees, but maybe while he's teething you could offer veggies pureed and possibly chilled. Either buy a jar of baby food and stick it in the fridge or make your own and refrigerate it. Cold foods feel better on sore gums, and if he doesn't have to chew it even a little maybe he'll eat it??????

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Kat - posted on 04/13/2012

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Thanks for the tooth brushing info LORI and thanks for that idea BRIE, i will def have to try it

Lori - posted on 04/09/2012

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Poor little guy. Maybe he'll just get it all over with soon though. I wouldn't worry about brushing the gums where he's swollen. Can you brush nearby teeth without disturbing the area where new teeth are coming in? I don't think it's a problem if you skip an occasional night of brushing, but I wouldn't skip more than one night in a row. My husband is a dentist and even he would tell me on really bad teething nights to just let her be (as in no brushing) knowing that we'd brush again the next day. I would guess a wash cloth would certainly be better than no brushing, and could do a good enough job for a few days assuming he'll tolerate that and not bite you in the process.... but I don't really know.



Another thing I do is just hand over the toothbrush to baby. It gets chewed on more than brushed with, but both my girls tolerate me brushing their teeth better when they get to do it too. On night when they're really fighting me on tooth brushing I'll let the baby hold the toothbrush and try to use her hand to brush for a second or two.. then let her do it herself... then try to brush again for a second or two... then let her do it again.

Kat - posted on 04/09/2012

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THANK YOU SOOO MUCH for the GREAT info LORI!!! When i was trying to brush his teeth i see ANOTHER molar wanting to bust through on the other bottom side. How did teeth brushing go for you? He HATES it! Always has, but i feel really bad to brush when his gums are swollen. Do you think a wash cloth is enough?

Kat - posted on 04/09/2012

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LORI- Thanks for the info. That makes me feel better. I am pretty sure my LO wants to urse all the time like yours. How many days in a row is it NOT ok to ONLY be nursing and not eating solids? This seems to be going on for a while.

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