THUMB SUCKING PROBLEM????

Lorraine - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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from day one my LO has never taken a dummy but had found her thumb to be comforting, she is now 6 month's but when i feed her she seem's to be getting fussy and keep's turning away to put her thumb in her mouth. i'm even starting to pump to try to increase my supply & take fenugreek just to help things along, has anyone had a breast fed baby like there thumb more? i'm even trying to feed more so she won't keep sucking her thumb but isn't working, i find that i have to suck her thumb or blow raspberry's on her hand just to keep her from sucking her own thumb when i feed,which is not what i want any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Anita - posted on 07/30/2011

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She's not starting to teeth is she? My 2nd baby was a thumb sucker, actually still is! (almost 6) I found when she was teething (first tooth at 4mths) she sucked her thumb more, although not when feeding! She tended to be fussy when feeding and trying to chew on my breast! Giving her some teething treatment before feeding really helped to settle her and she fed better.

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Bernadette - posted on 08/08/2011

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my son keeps trying to sneak his thumb in the side while he is breast feeding. My daughter used to do the same thing, but it didn't take long for her to stop sucking her thumb - mostly when she was teething. My son is 4 months old and his thumb-sucking is a little more of a habit than hers was. I'm hoping it won't be too hard to break, as he usually falls asleep this way now. Neither of them would take a pacifier. Hopefully he will lose interest in it like she did. It hasn't been enough of a problem to interfere with feeding though.

User - posted on 07/31/2011

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Try putting mittens on her hands to break her of the habit. Keep the mittens on 24-7 till she breaks the habit.

Sandra - posted on 07/31/2011

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Babies need to sooth themselves. I would give her a pacifier, much easy to brake out of then a thumb which will always be available..... Our doc said she recommends it up to 18 mos. Thumbs will def change the teeth shape...whereas pacifier are orthodontic...

Lorraine - posted on 07/31/2011

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Yes she is teething Anita she got 2 teeth one after another at 5 month's, but i thought i would try finding some big chunky necklaces at some op shop's that i can where when i feed her, she seem's to like playing with them to but i'm still having to hold her hand or maybe she just like to be busy with her hands lol. the main thing is is that she is not turned of from feeding witch is important.

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I've seen them on the internet at places like Amazon. We have a few mom/baby boutiques that sell cloth diapers, nursing supplies, etc. that sell nursing necklaces. Not sure if you have something like that where you live.

Lorraine - posted on 07/27/2011

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a nursing necklace? where do you get those from haven't heard of them i'm trying the newborn thing where you swaddle them so she can't have her hand's free first time so far so good let's see how long it last thank-you.

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She may just be at a distractible age. Have you tried giving her something to hold in her hand while you nurse? Or a nursing necklace may help her focus a little more.

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