I'm hoping for some reassurance here. My son turned 17months a few days ago. For approximately the past 2 weeks he has become very very clingy to me, old fears have also re-emerged (e.g. the sound of the vacuum cleaner), and he is requesting to nurse almost constantly throughout the day unless he is very distracted. It was only 3 weeks ago when I was commenting to my husband about how independent he was becoming. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and whether it is (hopefully) a phase?
Is he getting molars? Might you be pregnant? Anything else going on? Checked his height lately?
My DS definitely got clingy and constantly nursing when he got his first set of molars and even a bit for the second. And these days (he'll be 3 next week, we're still nursing) when he is having a growth spurt, he starts to get some growing pains, doesn't want to walk anywhere himself, and nurses more than usual. Or it may even be something as simple as a cognitive milestone, where he has realized his indepedence and is a little bit afraid of it. I'd try to be as happy as you can about all the nursing. I get grumpy sometimes when DS seems so demanding, "Seriously?! You were JUST on the boobie!" and then I notice a tooth or that he's hurting and I feel so bad for being a grump! If you are relaxed about it, it can be so reassuring to him.
"That's the way it is, if that's the way it seems to you."
"Cosi e se vi pare."
A lot of babies are really cranky and clingy when they teethe, especially when they get molars or eye teeth.
I don't know how other moms feel about ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but I gave it to my babies when they were teething just because with their molars and eye teeth they were so miserable. Some parents aren't comfortable using these meds, and I can completely understand that. My youngest got terribly constipated (totally breastfed at 7 months) when she was getting teeth. She was my most miserable baby while teething, and I gave her OTC Motrin. In those days, 12 year ago, they didn't have dye free meds, and they dye must have caused the constipation. I had my Pediatrician order dye free ibuprofen and acetaminophen from a compounding pharmacy for her.
Anyway, there are also homeopathic remedies for teething and chewing on frozen chew toys is helpful. They are in pain when they are teething so of course, they get clingy because they want to be near you. Teething pain usually ends when the tooth erupts, so it's short lived... then they start on an other one.
I did a lot of gum massage with my babies when they were teething. It seemed to help and also helps before nursing. Some babies feel strong tingling when they start the suction for nursing when they are teething and some babies respond to this by biting down. That's OK with a chew toy, NOT OK on Mama. The gum massage is really helpful for this.
Good luck, Mamas. Teething can be miserable for some babies.
I know many parents who like to avoid allopathic meds altogether and I respect that. Sometimes homeopathic meds work, sometimes they don't. (At least in my experience.)
The ingredients for brand name Infant Motrin Drops are identical, except for the color, now. But, I do know a lot of parents who don't like to use it. I always did, but I would get very upset when my kids were (are) in pain and would do nearly anything to stop it. (I have a chronic pain disorder and have some strong feelings about pain and its treatment. So, it could be just me.)
|Active Ingredient: Ibuprofen (NSAID)*
Purpose: Pain reliever/fever reducer
When we had our compounding pharmacy make ours he usef reg sugar. They were thick as molasses but they worked had no dyes or fake sweetners. I'm glad Mamas and Papas can buy them like this w/o all the fuss now. :-)
I'm always happy to find common ground with other Mamas! ♡♥