Babies, Toddlers, breastfeeding, love, motherhood, parenting, surviving motherhood, teething

Teething is a Bitch/Get off the Boob

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I know I can’t blame teething forever, but teething is horrible! Hudson is a happy, even tempered kid, but when teeth are ripping through his poor little gums, my poor little nipples are being sucked dry. I’m so lucky because he has never bit me, but lately he won’t get off the boob. The kid is going up my shirt, looking down my shirt, pulling down my dress, and begging for the boob. My supply is clearly still sufficient enough to support him, but it’s hard being the only thing to calm him down. I hate it and love it at the same time.

I never ever thought I would be saying I want to stop nursing, but it feels like the newborn days again. Only, he was never like this as a newborn. I don’t even know how to wean him because he won’t drink whole milk. For a little while, his gut would reject whole milk by throwing up immediately and now he usually just chucks his bottle or sippy cup refusing milk and crying for my boob. At night when he wakes up every 2 hours, he will scream until mama’s boob is in his mouth. I’m all for cry it out, but I’m not all for waking up my “Exorcist if she doesn’t sleep” toddler. This mama has been waking up every 2 hours to nurse him back to sleep just so he won’t wake Juliana up then I have to gently put him in the crib and pray to every sleep God he won’t wake up again.

During the day he will scream and tantrum sporadically. When he’s screaming I can see his bulging, purple gums as he’s yanking on his ear so bad that he’s leaving blood in his ears. The only relief this poor kid has is when he’s nursing. I feel like a pacifier and while I love that this is the only time he relaxes and is in my arms, it’s hard because I am still trying to find that balance between 2 dependent toddlers who love me and need me. I’m also just plain ol’ tired. It feels like he has sucked me dry aka I have pancake boobs. Oh, the joys of motherhood.

Everyone keeps asking, “Did you put oragel or anything on his gums? Back in the day, you could rub whiskey on their gums. Did you try that? You should try that?” Dude, I tried everything, but then the FDA came out with horrifying statements that oragel could kill or contains really bad chemicals that affects their growth or something. I alternate between Tylenol and ibuprofen as needed, but not all the time. These poor babies are getting teeth ripping through their tiny gums and they become a disaster. Hudson is restless, active, tired, cranky, clingy, and miserable when he teethes…and all he wants to do is nurse all day long. If I could, I would. Oh I really really would!! Having 2 kids at this age is harder than I ever imagined. I also thought I would want to nurse forever, but I’m finding myself wanting to stop and I don’t know why.

3 things- what do you guys recommend for teething? Tell me all your tips and tricks.

AND

How do you start weaning breastfed babies 16 months old who won’t take whole milk? I’m okay with continuing because part of me really does want to do it forever, but mostly my boobs are tired.

AND

How do you mamas do it with 2 kids who are close in age?

Normally I would be giving advice on this blog, but I would love some suggestions on these fiery topics.

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2 thoughts on “Teething is a Bitch/Get off the Boob”

  1. I weaned my daughter at 17 months when I thought I would go a full 2 years because I was TIRED & wanted my hormones back, LOL! You’re doing great! She was taking whole milk well at that point, though. I remember it was an adjustment when we first tried it at 12 months. Maybe like 2 weeks of questionable poops, but she got used to it & she was (and is) a pretty good solid food eater, too. Have you tried daddy being the one to give him the whole milk? That way it’s not like “Mom, the boobs are right there”. Other than that I see you’ve got an amber teething necklace & are ok with Tylenol. This, too, shall pass? Hang in there!

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