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    Default Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    When my little one was 14 months old, we had to take a trip for a funeral and ended up basically weaning during the day so that when we got back, he only nursed once in the morning, once in the evening. Then, about two weeks ago (at 15.5 months) he got an ear infection and also started cutting mad molars. All of the sudden, he is wanting to nurse ALL THE TIME. He really seems more interested in using me as a pacifier than nursing, since my milk supply has dropped. He nurses still in the morning, then wants to have a mom-pacifier 3-4 times during the day, and nurses again at night. I am trying to wean him back down again, but am having HUGE battles at naps and bedtime. He wants to nurse regardless of not having any milk because he just nursed. Is this probably related to teething? Should I just let him have his mom-pacifier and this will pass? I feel frustrated because he just wants to nurse all the time, and it gets really painful. Any thoughts? When my husband is home i am having to have him put the little guy down for naps because he won't tolerate me putting him down without nursing. It turns into a huge temper tantrum/battle and makes me feel terrible. Would love to hear any other experiences with this age!

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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    Did you plan to wean or are you open to continuing the nursing relationship? If you're worried about your supply, it will probably come back since he is nursing more The molars could definitely be the issue. Nursing helps with pain so I would allow him to nurse. And he's likely getting milk even if you don't feel the letdown anymore. Toddler nursing is much different than infant nursing - the breastmilk is more condensed and is naturally less in volume.

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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    I would say that an ear infection AND molars would definitely affact most babies in term of making them want to comfort nurse more. And I wouldn't worry too much about your supply. It's all supply and demand. If continues to demand it, you WILL make the milk. It's just like any other spurt. Couple day of increased demands makes for more milk.

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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    Thanks for the replies. The biggest challenge right now is that for health reasons, I really NEED to wean. I am going to have to take some medication that I cannot take a nurse, and I need to take it to get myself back into balance (my adrenals are not working correctly). I am also not enjoying the nursing relationship much anymore, and often feel unhappy about it- which tells me it is time to stop. the trouble is that even though it was going really well and I had him down to two sessions a day, he suddenly is having full-blown tantrums when I try not to nurse if he wants to nurse. He just screamed for an hour before his nap until I finally gave in and nursed while sobbing the whole time myself. I want to make this transition easy for him, but I do not know how because in the last three weeks, he has stopped napping or going to bed without nursing, and when I try, there is a huge tantrum with screaming for as long as i can stand and then I end up nursing him. This stinks....

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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    baby suddenly demanding nursing a lot more when mom starts to wean too early for the baby is a classic pattern. if you must wean for medical reasons (and this is EXTREMELY rare ... are you sure? i don't know anything a bout adrenals), then it's a really stinky situation. i think having someone else take over bedtime/naptime, along with making sure baby gets even more cuddles at other times, would help.
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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    Thanks for the reply, auderey. For now, we are continuing to nurse on demand- we'll see what happens after my doctor's appt. She already told me I should wean, but I just don't think he is ready...... We'll see!

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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    Have you contacted Infant Risk? http://www.infantrisk.com/

    They can give a definitive answer about the safety of the medication you have to take. Often docs err on the extreme side of caution when it comes to breastfeeding, recommending weaning when the real answer may be that the medication is safe for breastfeeding, or that it's low risk if certain conditions are met, etc.
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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    Doctor's appt today- I have to go see a Specialist- Endocrinologist- which buys me more time, anyway! 17 months today! Woohoo!

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    Default Re: Day Weaned, now Nursing ALL THE TIME!!

    Did you ever call infant risk re the meds? There would rarely be a medication that would be contraindicated especially for a mother nursing a toddler. It's possible certainly, but I think even if you WANT to wean it may be helpful to know whether ot not you NEED to wean on some certain time frame just so you can take needed medication.

    Either way if you are still planning to move weaning along a bit more quickly, I suggest the books How Weaning Happens or The Nursing Mothers Guide to Weaning. Good tips.

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