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Teething and breastfeeding

nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
Davin started teething already (he cut the bottom front teeth...slow down, little guy!) and I've noticed that he's nursing more frequently for less time. It's been a while since I nursed a teething baby, so I don't know if this is normal or not. Could nursing for longer periods be bothering his gums? I've been rubbbing a little Oragel on them if he's fussing, which isn't too often. Mostly, he's drooling and chewing his hands and pacifier like crazy. I suppose it's not a big deal, but it's pretty tiring to nurse every 1 1/2 when he's awake.
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  • curlymelcurlymel Posts: 359Registered Users
    I'm not really sure, because Liam has always been the snacking type. But he is getting his first teeth now and he has been waking up more often at night. Could just be your DS wants comfort, too.
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  • OperaDivaOperaDiva Posts: 354Registered Users
    Yup, definitely normal. My little guy has done that with each tooth. Rather than Orajel, I highly recommend the Hyland's Teething Tablets. They are natural, dissolve instantly, made from things like chamomile, and work wonderfully.
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  • rileysmama32208rileysmama32208 Posts: 69Registered Users
    i second teething tablets-- we called them "baby crack" because he would INSTANTLY stop crying when we gave him a couple, lol.

    they go through stages too, where they snack snack snack, and it seems like they wont do anything but nurse.

    My toddler, if im around, he wants to "drink boobie" allllll the time. But i work a lot, unfortunately, so i think hes making up for lost hours!
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  • RheannaRheanna Posts: 2,614Registered Users
    I don't know anything about nursing a teething baby, or even that much about baby teeth period, as Ava seems to have been teething for months but still nothin'. :)

    I do recommend the teething tablets though. They work wonders when she's gnawing and drooling and gets fussy. They also make it in a gel form which I would imagine would work even better. Her pediatrician even recommended them, much to my surprise as they are homeopathic/herbal. She said the issue with orajel is that you never know exactly how much of the medicine - lidocaine? (I believe that is the active ingredient?) they are ingesting, and it can also numb their throat and cause strangling, especially with all the drool. I've used it a few times myself though and not had any problems, but I try not to use too much of it.

    Also, go Davin with the early teeth!! Pic? :)
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    We used the teething tablets with Alexander and loved them. I bought an amber teething necklace for Sebastian and haven't needed the tablets. He has no teeth despite doing what we thought was teething for months. He's not as drooly or as cranky as his little buddies.
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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    Rheanna wrote: »
    Also, go Davin with the early teeth!! Pic? :)

    I'll work on it...they've just cut through, so they're really hard to see unless you're staring right in his mouth. However, it is really fun to make him smile! :)
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    Abram's been teething like crazy since 5.5 months... he's got 3 on the bottom and another on the top is about to pop through, probably tomorrow. Sol didn't get any teeth until 8+ months! The Hyland's tablets were miracles for Sol, they helped instantly and we never needed anything else until his 2-year molars were coming in, then we did also use Tylenol or Motrin at night because they were pretty painful for him. The Hylands don't seem to be quite as helpful for Abe, but he's generally a bit fussier than Sol was as a baby.
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  • PrettyLady24PrettyLady24 Posts: 336Registered Users
    I think Reina may be teething because she is starting to do the same thing.

    As far as the teething tablets go, I have a question. Have any of you, other than the one PP, asked your pediatrician about these? We asked ours and she say that they advice against them because of the belladonna. Right now we aren't having to use anything but I don't know how long it will last.
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    As far as the teething tablets go, I have a question. Have any of you, other than the one PP, asked your pediatrician about these? We asked ours and she say that they advice against them because of the belladonna. Right now we aren't having to use anything but I don't know how long it will last.

    Our pediatrician (family doctor actually) recommends them and uses them for her own daughter too.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    For my daughter, nursing seems to soothe her gums. She's latched on a lot when cutting teeth. I do use Hyland's but it's not the panacea I'd hoped it would be. How many tablets are you giving your babies? Frequency? Thanks.
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    For my daughter, nursing seems to soothe her gums. She's latched on a lot when cutting teeth. I do use Hyland's but it's not the panacea I'd hoped it would be. How many tablets are you giving your babies? Frequency? Thanks.

    2-3 tablets, whenever his teeth seem to be bothering him... so a few times a day I guess? They're not the end-all-be-all for Abram either like they were for Solomon. Have you tried giving her something frozen to gnaw on, like a frozen banana or bagel?
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    PixieCurl wrote: »
    Have you tried giving her something frozen to gnaw on, like a frozen banana or bagel?

    I've used bagels. She drops them pretty quickly. I'm going to try to use the Hyland's in conjunction with ibuprofen to see if that works. I get two 10-20 minute naps per day. She's exhausted. We've been like this for months.