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March 22nd, 2012, 07:31 AM
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My 3.5 month old has been refusing to nurse at times over the past few days. She would always take right to the breast - either for hunger or comfort - but now will scream and cry. It's not all the time, but it happens several times a day. At first I thought maybe she was upset because we've been trying the bottle (as I have to return to work) but we stopped trying that once this new behavior started. I also had her checked for ear infections as my boys had chronic ear infections starting at ten weeks. My first sign with them was fussy nursing - but her ears are fine.

So I'm wondering if it could be teething...? She's drooling a lot, chewing on everything... This saddens me because I love nursing her and I'll be going back to work in about ten days, so I feel guilt and eveything else. Ugh.

Any thoughts/tips/ideas?

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March 22nd, 2012, 10:47 AM
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It does sound like teething to me. Keelan did this from time to time as his teeth were coming in. We just kept offering the breast and eventually he would nurse.
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March 22nd, 2012, 11:42 AM
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could be teething for sure. My DD would nurse MORE while teething, but other babies find it too painful, also laying down at night seems to make it more painful. I would take a washcloth and dip one end in water and freeze it for him to chew on.
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March 23rd, 2012, 09:25 AM
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DD did this around 3 months. Turned out to be just a phase for us, lasted about 2 weeks. She is now six months and is just starting to get her first tooth. Good luck and I hope it gets better for you both.
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March 23rd, 2012, 10:42 AM
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I was just getting ready to ask this EXACT question! DD has been doing the same things. Good luck to you!
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