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1yo wants to be permanently attached to my boob. Losing the plot.

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pickledlily Wed 17-Apr-13 13:30:11

DD (12mo) has wanted to be permanently latched on over the past few days. She's worse at night but is at me throughout the day too. She won't settle unless she is latched on - she arches her back, planks and screams, wriggles off my lap, grabs my top etc. I thought it could be an ear infection or teething, but nurofen has made no difference and she doesn't have a temperature. She's eating and drinking fine.

I have a stomach bug at the moment and am struggling to cope with her. She only slept 6.30-10.30, then 2-4.30 and 5-5.45 last night.

I know there have a been a couple of posts with restless 1yos, but the demands to be permanently attached is getting to me. Any idea what is going on?

Lookslikerain Wed 17-Apr-13 15:14:38

My 1 year old is very similar right now. I've been putting it down to teething but she also had her vaccinations last week so it might be that too. At night, she starts in her own bed then ends up in with us from about midnight. If she had her way, she'd then spend the rest of the night on a boob! Sorry, I'm not much help, but you're not alone! smile

MoelFammau Wed 17-Apr-13 16:40:17

My DD was the same. Also had a major obsession at 18-20mo. Then one day aged 23mo she stopped dead and she was weaned. No gradual reduction, just cold turkey.

I found DD was most boob-orientated when teething, sick or stressed.

pickledlily Wed 17-Apr-13 19:50:48

Oh dear. She has her MMR tomorrow. sad She is definitely not happy; not sure if it's because I've not been around for the last couple of days (too busy hugging the loo blush) or if her ears are bothering her.

Sudden weaning must have been a freak out!

feekerry Wed 17-Apr-13 21:08:49

are you me????!
exactly the same here. dd also constantly tweaks the other nipple when feeding and it makes me scream inside.
i kinda hoped she might have a nursing strike or something.... no such luck!!!
for what its worth this all started few weeks ago and turned out she had nasty ear infection .... needed 2 weeks of anti b to clear. so maybe your dd ears are bothering her....

pickledlily Thu 18-Apr-13 00:21:37

Oh please not another ear infection. We seem to be getting a cycle of ear infection, antibiotics, stomach bug, repeat. sad

pickledlily Thu 18-Apr-13 00:23:07

And I thought BF babies were supposed to have fewer ear infections. <sigh>

feekerry Thu 18-Apr-13 14:57:13

dd had a raging temp and food and drink and v miserable which doesn't sound like your dc so maybe its just teeth??

feekerry Thu 18-Apr-13 14:58:54

oh also we had 2 lots of one anti b that never seemed to clear it and after 2 days on a different anti b she was completely better so maybe you need a diff type of anti b?

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 18-Apr-13 15:03:37

Can't post much at the mo but I would ask Mn to move this to the breast and bottle feeding section.

Have you read this and this on kellymom?

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 18-Apr-13 15:05:52

Bloody ipad. Sorry the second link should be bfing your toddler: what to expect

CarterGirl Thu 18-Apr-13 16:40:20

<waves at Feekerry> Yup- mine did this too when he had an ear infection.
But agree could also just be a bit stressed by your distraction /worship of the porcelain gods. DS also seems to feed more when he has a little separation anxiety.
Weaning from BM feels a little distant at this point..

HearMyRoar Thu 18-Apr-13 19:50:23

My dd did almost exactly the same when she turned one. I put it down to developmental leaps (she learnt to walk and got a few words), with loads of teething, jabs and colds just adding to the problem. It really has been awful as her latch is always sore when she's teething so my boobs are agony.

Its been a few weeks now and I think its starting to settle down a bit. She can still be stressed a bit when tired but not nearly as bed as she was. One thing I found helped with dd was offering her some high calorie food when she was asking for milk a lot, veg muffins, fruit bars, etc seemed to really help. Again I think it was maybe the walking needing the extra energy.

pickledlily Thu 18-Apr-13 20:02:43

Thanks for the links and replies. The article on acrobatic feeding is familiar - DD has been trying some ridiculous positions which has had us in stitches.

So looking back, I think it's a mixture of not being with me much, her daily routine being all over the place, being very hungry and teething. Today she ate more than I've managed to eat all week; she is clearly catching up after her bug. And she was chewing and screaming this evening when anything went in her mouth, so that will be the teething.

Anyone know what impact my poor health will have on feeding her? I've had this D&V thing since Sunday and have barely eaten anything in that time. I'm on the dioralyte and Imodium now so hoping things improve rapidly, but will the lack of nutrition affect the quality/quantity of my milk other than turning me into a dehydrated prune?

pickledlily Thu 18-Apr-13 20:06:05

Am on my phone, so not sure how I get this moved to feeding section.

Sparklyboots Thu 18-Apr-13 20:20:58

My DS was also a boob monster when I was not as available to him - when I went back to work etc. -and at 1 was feeding in pretty much the same pattern as a 6mo. I had a book called, I think, The Wonder Weeks which had details of developmental leaps and what they were linked to, and during one of those phases, DS was super-boob-boy. You might be in one of them? They can last up to 6 weeks, but they do go and suddenly your baby is pointing/ talking or being more brilliant than ever somehow...

It does all pass- my fed-to-sleep, co sleeping DS, 2.3 has this evening put himself to bed while I finished in the bathroom, and by the time I got into the bedroom, gone to sleep completely independently, and remained so while I put a nappy on. This isn't a stealth boast, it's outright, opportunistic boasting but I do hope it gives you hope...

pickledlily Thu 18-Apr-13 21:03:24

Boast away, I will be shouting from the rooftops when that happens here!

Yes it does coincide with wonder weeks (although DD only ever seems to have stormy weeks and no good weeks) After a week like this, i will be expecting her to pirouette and speak fluent French by the end of it.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 18-Apr-13 21:42:31

What you eat and drink will have little or no effect on your milk, you would literally have to be in long term starvation mode (think Africa) before it would have an effect on Lo.

Have a look at Should bfing continue when mom is sick? and he does a mothers diet effect her milk? smile

pickledlily Fri 19-Apr-13 15:25:41

Thanks Julie you are a mine of information! smile

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 19-Apr-13 20:15:59

Hope you feel better soon smile

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