teething nursing strikes? help!

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Registered: 11-24-2004
teething nursing strikes? help!
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Tue, 12-21-2010 - 9:20pm

oops posted in newborn at first.

Hi - I could really use some help. My 6mos old baby girl is 90%happy but the last few weeks have brought some challenges. She's cut 3 teeth this month, and with each there are 1-3days where she will hardly nurse, at all, like not nurse all day - from 7am until 330 pm today - with a literally 1 minute snack at about 11am. this makes her anxious to be away from me and hard for her to sleep.

mum to Reece 12/24/05 and Zane 11/01/08 and Tessa 6/2/10
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 12-22-2010 - 1:32pm
Wow, that's a challenging situation, Taryn!

The not sleeping through the night thing is not a concern at all. Most babies don't STTN at 6 months so that's very very normal.

I don't have a ton of other specific advice to try for the teething that you haven't already been doing. Fortunately, teething does come to an end. When she's not nursing well, are you pumping to maintain your supply?

Here's some more info on teething and distractability (most of which you probably already know):

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/teething.html
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/distractible-baby.html

Hang in there!
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 12-26-2010 - 4:05am

What you are describing is all very common/typical for a baby this age. They do get much more easily distracted by what is around them. Teething also can make it difficult to nurse, and can also contribute to more frequent night waking.