Distracted or on a strike? Help!

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Registered: 10-22-2008
Distracted or on a strike? Help!
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 12:52pm

My daughter is a little over 7 months old and has been a fantastic nurser up until last week. We had a bit of a rough start when she was a newborn, but things have been going great for the last 6 months or so.

Up until last week and maybe even the week before that, she had very predictable nursing patterns. I work part time (3-4 days/week), so I pump 3 times a day while we are apart and BF at home mornings, evenings and weekends. On days that I work, she nurses 3-4 times, 1 really good one in the morning and 2-3 shorter sessions in the evening before bed. She has been STTN with very rare night sessions since December. On my off days, I don't really count how many times she nurses, maybe 6-8 depending on how busy we are. She's pretty efficient now as well, usually taking about 5 minutes. We started solids very casually at about 6.5 months. She doesn't have them on a regular basis and when she does, it's not really enough to fill her up.

Last week she started cutting her first bottom 2 teeth. I'm not sure if they are all the way cut through yet (we can feel them, but can't see them too well...just barely). So of course she's teething like a maniac! She hasn't had much of an appetite off and on for the last couple of weeks, which I know can happen with teething. But this weekend, she really started not nursing well. I'd say she got no more than 2 good nursing sessions in each day with a few "snacks" in between. I had to pump several times to make sure the rest of the milk was removed to keep my supply up and I usually do not pump on the weekends unless it's in the morning when I'm really full.

So I thought she just wasn't very hungry and it was normal teething type stuff. When I dropped her off at my mom's house yesterday, I told her that Keira may not eat much since she hasn't been that hungry. When we picked her up last night, my mom told me that Keira had drank all 14 oz of milk plus a few green beans and some apple (I don't know how much). We are gone about 11-12 hours a day and she didn't nurse well yesterday morning.

Last night it was really difficult to get her to nurse. I had to try a couple of different times and in a couple of different places. She doesn't refuse the breast. She latches, sucks for a few seconds, turns away, relatches, turns away, relatches and sucks for a minute or two and then decides she's done. I know she is fast, but not that fast...I'm usually still spaying when she decides she's done. She did that again this morning and I'm not sure she got much. This has been what she's been doing for the better part of a week or maybe a little longer. Please help me figure out a way to get her back to her usual nursing self. She's been cranky because of the teething, but she doesn't cry or resist nursing initially. She's having plenty of wet diapers and not crying because of hunger, but I know she's got to be hungry. I'm also worried about my supply taking a permanent hit.

Sorry this was long and jumbled. I'd appreciate any advice you can offer.


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Registered: 09-10-2009
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 8:38am

I'd vote for teething pain personally. Have you been giving her Tylenol to help with the pain at all?

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Registered: 10-22-2008
Wed, 05-05-2010 - 10:52am

We've been giving her Tylenol off and on for the last couple of weeks, just when she's seemed to really need it. She hasn't had any since Saturday midday though.

Nursing went better last night and this morning. I took her up to her room when we got home where it was darker, turned the radio on low and nursed her in the rocking chair without a problem. Bedtime nursing went well too. This morning she woke up a little early and I nursed her right away instead of waiting till I was finished getting ready for work and she ate really well. Hopefully this new tactic will work.