This is a bit of a similar thread to "nighttime nursing" but I didn't want to redirect the conversation there.
My LO is 5 months old, and we've had a rough few weeks (2) as he has started to fill (what looks like/feels like) a few teeth. His day times are varied from his happy sweet self, to slightly more bothered and uncomfortable, but it is the nights that have been really rough on him. He wakes between every 1 - 2 hours, crying in pain, very different than his usual "waking" to nurse. Sometimes my husband can resettle him, but often he is in so much discomfort that nursing him is the only way he will settle down. We've been bringing him to bed earlier than we usually do (before this, I'd bring him in after his first wake-up), and often he will nurse for what feels like the whole night, with ten minutes here and there where I will unlatch him and roll over, until he stirs again and starts rooting.
We've tried homeopathic remedies and Tylenol but truthfully nursing is the only thing that really calms him down at night. The trouble is that it feels like unless I continuously nurse him he is unsettled.
Before these past few weeks, he would be happy to lie down very drowsy and fall asleep on his own, but now he has to completely nursed to sleep, and even then, he often wakes up when I put him down in his crib.
I'm wondering if this is just a phase that is part of teething, or if I am creating bad habits always nursing him fully to sleep? Quite honestly I don't know what else to do because he is so upset otherwise, so realistically I'd keep doing it either way, but I'm hoping it will pass once he is feeling better? I guess in part here, I'm just looking for some assurance that this will pass! At the beginning of the third week of this, I'm starting to wonder...
Your thoughts, as always, are very much appreciated.