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Does refusing breast suggest teething?

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nello Tue 28-Oct-14 11:50:21

DS, 4 months has just today got really upset when I try to feed him. He is normally an excellent feeder. It has made me feel quite anxious as so unlike him. He is very dribbley and chewing on everything. I'm wondering if this could be the start of teething? Is this a symptom? If so, what can I expect…will he end up feeding more in the night if not getting enough in the day or will he just lose interest in feeding in general?


Cooki3Monst3r Tue 28-Oct-14 22:24:52

I've BF both my DCs and I never found teething to put them off feeding. Even if the gums hurt, the feeding shouldn't make it worse, I wouldn't have thought.

Could it be thrush? Does he have any white spots in his mouth? Probably not but I had it with DC1 and the bloody HV didn't diagnose our symptoms and I was in agony for weeks.

Is your HV any good? Or do you have a BF cafe you can visit?

SellMySoulForSomeSleep Wed 29-Oct-14 00:02:23

My 4 month old was a brilliant feeder until this week. She refuses and gets very annoyed when I show her the breast in the day but feeding more at night. She is much worse when we are out or there is other people around.
She is so interested in what is going on around her that she won't feed in the day unless it's completely quiet at home.
She is also drooling and chewing a lot. I don't know what is going on either smile

mrsmugoo Wed 29-Oct-14 06:41:51

Drooling and chewing is normal and not necessarily signs of teething (although could be)

Fussy feeding at 4 months is also very common as babies start to become more aware if their surroundings they get distracted. Unfortunately in my experience this just gets worse! My almost 8 month old pretty much will only feed at home in the bedroom with the curtains closed now. Public feeding is basically futile!

TeenageMutantNinjaTurtle Wed 29-Oct-14 06:58:02

Same here for my 4mo. Needs to be fed in a quiet place... It's really annoying!!

luckiestgirlintheworld Thu 30-Oct-14 15:28:13

My 8 month old DS always dislikes feeding when he's teething. I assume the warm milk on his gums doesn't feel nice. When he's teething, I find it easiest to feed him when he's sleepy so he has less resistance and he will feed better that way.

mangofizz Thu 30-Oct-14 18:25:28

I've read the sucking hurts their ears and jaw when teething

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