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    Default Spike in BF frequency?

    My son will be a year old next month (wow!). Over the last few days he has been nursing really, really frequently. It's been almost newborn frequency - about every 2 - 2 1/2 hours during the day, and every 2-4 hours at night. (My nipples are also sore, the left one especially - I think I have a deep plugged duct behind one nipple, perhaps.) He is teething, but he actually nursed less when he was badly teething with his top two teeth - only about every 4-5 hours during the day.

    Has anyone else experienced a big increase in nursing leading up to 1 year? Or, has anyone had their baby's nursing patterns differ between different batches of teeth as they came in?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Spike in BF frequency?

    Hello @llli*julybug, I have a 10 year old which I nursed until he was about 2 1/2-3 and I have a 2 ear old who will be 3 July 28th and I am still nursing him. I haven't had any increase in nursing and when I think back I didn't have it with my oldest either. My youngest funny enough seems to want to still nurse any and everywhere!!!! For the soreness you may want to use a cold compress, I had mastistis (sp) with my youngest twice when he was an infant and I had to go see a lactation specialist and when I was in the office she put a cold can of pop on my "boobies" as my LO calls them . I have also not had any issues with the teething except when they were done and wanted to play then they would nibble and I pop them off.

    Let us know how you fair from here and if we can provide you with more information.
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    Default Re: Spike in BF frequency?

    Growth spurt my guess... sometimes they can nurse like that up to a week or so give or take.

    Any way you could be pg?

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    Default Re: Spike in BF frequency?

    Growth spurt or teething is my guess- just because your baby nursed less the last time he popped some teeth doesn't mean that he's going to have the same response this time. Hang in there!
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    Default Re: Spike in BF frequency?

    My DS increased frequency right around 12-14 months and during that time I learned that this is a normal experience for this age. I don't know if it's developmental or if it's b/c of growth but I know I read something that said this is a natural phase. This too shall pass momma, there are lots of different phases that a breastfeeding relationship goes through.

    In the meantime maybe it can help to remind you of all the wonderful things you are doing for your toddler by continuing to nurse them.

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    Default Re: Spike in BF frequency?

    I'm definitely planning on continuing to nurse him for a while longer, no worries on that. We've dealt with alignment issues on his side (making positioning and opening his mouth wide hard, plus he was uncomfortable) and flat nipples on mine early on, and then later, distraction/biting/teething on his and eczema on mine... it's crazy! But I'm committed to keeping going as long as it seems to make sense for both of us. I just would love it to not be bitten as much, want my eczema to go away (it's an allergy thing with me, pretty sure), and am a little worried about this sore spot. I'll keep an eye on it. I think it may have been a small tender spot that he then bit, so it's sore. We'll see. And it may be some amount of a growth spurt, since he acts super-hungry when he nurses (nothing leisurely about it), or a developmental leap (he's getting close to taking his first "no hands" steps) related increase in frequency.

    As far as possibility of being pregnant, in theory, I suppose... but unlikely, because (1) I have PCOS and we had to do IVF to have our son; (2) no period or even hints of it yet (I know that's not 100%, but it does reduce the odds); and (3) not a lot going on with DH and me in that department, since we're lucky if our son only wakes up twice in a night, DH has had a lot of work at all hours lately, etc. If things keep being weird, it has crossed my mind to ask the doctor to do a blood test (the last time I POAS on an expired test it was negative, ha ha). It would actually be awesome to get pregnant so easily a second time around! But, I tend to doubt that is the case for the moment.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Spike in BF frequency?

    Sounds normal to me, at least that's what my ds was doing about a month ago...I've also heard of 12 month molars. It made sense to me that those teeth might cause a different kind of pain than the front ones. If it makes you feel better we are back to "normal" less frequent nursings now, the round the clock stuff only lasted about a week.
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