nipple confusion at 13 months?! is this possible !

Pauline - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies, I think I may be causing my 13 month old baby girl nipple confusion ? Some history : she was born 3.5 weeks early , latched and breast fed perfectly , at six weeks through 20 weeks we tried everything to get her to take bottles of expressed breast milk while I was on campus ( nursing student ) , she absolutely refused , had the worst case of nipple confusion imaginable and ultimately I stopped trying after she began to loosing weight . I decided have her cup fed by daddy while I was at school. It worked. Now that she is 1 yr old , she knows I am not the only source of food, and does not take offense to the sippy cup , nuby brand that she has to suck and squeeze the nipple nozzle to get the water /milk out. It's been 108 degrees and up this last week so I've been giving her a bottle with water to keep her hydrated as she can not tolerate the heat , vomits and her soft spot on her head sinks in ... I stopped the sippy cup because she is cutting her MOLARs and for comfort , she spews the water or milk out her mouth down her clothing, she must Luke the cooling effect ? But in this heat that milk dries fast and smells awful ! Now as a result of this week drinking two bottles of water a day , I've noticed her doing some odd things at the breast , she will root around like she can't feel or locate my nipple turning her face side to side , she will constantly latch and unlatch, and become frustratrated or pull away ? So what do you think is going on ? Can it be nipple confusion. Is she losing interest in nursing ? Can this be a TEETHING phase ? Do I stop giving her the bottle with supplemental breast milk or water during this heat and try a different brand of sippy cup ? I just think its nipple confusion symptoms but am shocked because she is 1 yr old ! I don't know whats going on but its upsetting to have her trying to nurse for nutrition and have her root around like she cant feel my nipple and become upset , or constantly Re latch , I'm getting pretty tender :/

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Ellie - posted on 07/16/2012

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it maybe that you arnt producing so much milk and she is getting frustrated that not enough is coming out, my son messes about for a while, pulling off, getting stroppy, even slapping my breast before i feel my milk come down then he settles down.

Lori - posted on 07/16/2012

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I wouldn't guess nipple confusion. At 13 months it's not likely. However... teething does sound very very likely. It can become very uncomfortable to nurse for some babies when they are teething. I'd say just keep offering the breast. You do need to make sure she has easy access to water.. even if that means she spits it on herself and makes a mess. Since you're still nursing, it's not necessary to offer her more milk in the sippy cup. Just keep her cup full of water and she'll be fine.

Have your tried teething tablets? They worked very well for both my girls when they were teething.

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Lori - posted on 07/16/2012

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You certainly could alternate the ibuprofen and tylenol... I found with my LO's that ibuprofen seems to work better for teething pain than tylenol. But if it makes your baby drowsy then maybe only give a dose just before bed.

There's another brand of teething tablets that similar to Hylands.. but I can't think of it at the moment. Maybe there isn't a recall on those ones. I've also had luck with Teething Drops. I can't think of the brand name, but they're "natural" and have a picture of winnie the pooh on the box.

Both my girls liked to play around when nursing too. It would drive me crazy however, so if they were looking somewhere else, I'd put my boob back away. If they wanted to nurse, they had to focus on that. With my 2nd, it really helps if she has a blanket in her hand. If we start to nurse and she doesn't have the blanket, then she's pinching my breast, patting it slapping it, whatever, and again driving me crazy. With the blanket.. she plays with the blanket instead of my boobs. I also noticed that at about 16 months of so there was more of a focus from her on making sure she got her "yummy". Now at 19 months she will climb into my lap with her blanket, pull at my shirt and demand her "yummy", and if I offer it to her, she just nurses calmly and quietly. I think she's finally figured out that if she wiggles around too much and tries to play, then nursing time is over.

Ellie - posted on 07/16/2012

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lol, my daughter used to grab a handful and squeeze! no, dan is def a booby slapper, not that it helps. can you boost your supply a bit to ehlp her out whle she is teething, she may be having a graowth spurt too?

Pauline - posted on 07/16/2012

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Hi ellie, thank you for your reply , come to think of it : there can be quite a few things going on to cause her strange behavior because as time has elapsed I have noticed my let down is a bit slower and less intense. I do occasionally take fenguruk capsules to boost supply when I feel lower supply , I still pump about 8-16 ounces a few times a week to freeze for her stockpile. I kind of giggled at your comment about your son slapping at the boobie that feeds him , cause she does the same thing even twists around all crazy like or tries to nurse upside down , I was just problem shooting on here to see what other mommas think because I would like to continue nursing for the next 11 months but if she doesnt settle down at the breast and stop trying to rip my nipples off or be all sloppy and kind of weird rooting around like her mouth is numb our nursing relationship may be coming to an end :( hopefully this is a phase , TEETHING relates or milk supply related

Pauline - posted on 07/16/2012

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Hi Lori , thank you for your reply. I offer her breast milk in the sippy cup when I'm at school , I could just have her daddy cup feed her the milk , she still gets a substantial amount of her nutrition from me , in between solid meals and would come home to a sour smelling baby lol Yuck ! Just try to makes things easier for both of them while I'm away . I think this behavior is TEETHING related , just resembles nipple confusion, makes sense since her gums ache , I have tried those TEETHING tablets " hylonds " but they were recalled due to inconsistent amounts of Bella gonna in each table varying , children were displaying poisoning symptoms as a result. They did work when I used them , should I alternate tylenol and ibuprophen to see if it helps ? The ibuprophen kind of makes her drowsy .... its just really weird to see her acting like this at the breast.
Thank you for your tips.

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