Teething, Growth Spurt, Supply Issue or all of the above?

Jenni - posted on 10/21/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I'm almost sure about the teething thing... my daughter is 5 1/2 months old and just this week she has been sucking her lips (I remember my son did that when he was cutting teeth). Today I noticed a slight diaper rash as well. She also has a slight cough. She also started bitting my nipples and even though she doesn't have teeth yet it hurts like hell!

For the last 5 nights she has been suddenly waking for an extra feed. She normally sleeps 12 hours and I have to wake her up for a 9:30pm-10pm feed otherwise she'd sleep right through until the next morning. Now she is waking on her own around 10 pm and again between 3am-5am. From late afternoon until dinner she seems insatiable. I pump after every morning feed and usually get 1/2-2 1/2 ounces and now i'm getting no more than a couple drops. So I'm thinking it could be a growth spurt?

The supply issue I always worry about... I know alot of BFers do but I have more reason to be concerned. She has reflux (although the last month she suddenly seems cured of it). so she wouldn't always get a good feed in. She is an impatient feeder too and l've learned to humm, make faces, make rythemic noises to keep her latched until let-down. But when let-down occurs it only lasts 5 mins and she won't stay latched after. She just latches on and off. When I switch sides she becomes content once let-down occurs and then again... 5 mins and it's done. She still seems hungry after. Sometimes I can manage to get her to stay latched long enough to let down a little more. The only feeds she seems content after is her morning feed, sometimes her 11 am feed and her 9:30pm feed. The afternoon and dinner feeds are the worst! I feel so empty. She seems so unsatisfied with them. She seems to want to feed every 1 1/2-2 hours in the late afternoon and evening. She is rooting alot. But when I put her to the breast she mostly just fuses and latches on and off. I just did a feed and she seemed more content to bite on my fingers. She was really fussy so I tried laying her down and she went right to sleep.

I've never been able to pump more than a drop in the afternoon and evening. Sometimes the most she'll get is a few minutes of let down.

However, she is gaining weight sufficiently, infact better than sufficiently... I just went to her doctor's on monday and she had gained 1 1/2 lbs for the month. So I don't get it?

Her doctor has been suggesting solids since she was 2 1/2 months old because of her reflux and never seeming satisfied. I told him as long as she is gaining a healthy weight I would like to wait until 6 months. We made it to 5 months 1 week. I just started solids 2 days ago.

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Babies behavior and the feel of your breasts are not indicators of supply. I know it's easy to feel like your fussy baby means no milk, but I had an extremely fussy baby and I had tons of milk. It's normal for her reflux to seem to be getting better. Most babies outgrow their reflux by 6 months because their tummy muscles are strong enough to hold down the milk. It does sound like a growth spurt (possibly mixed with teething). Babies sleeping habits will change frequently in the first year, but growth spurts and teething can be uncomfortable causing more night waking and feedings. I would keep feeding her on demand. That will also help maintain a good supply. She may be nursing for short periods because she's just an efficient nurser.

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