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My 10 1/2 month old nurses to sleep and cosleeps. Usually at night I nurse her for 15 minutes or so and then she falls asleep. The last 2 nights she nurses and fusses and nurses and fusses before going to sleep and in all it took an hour to get her to sleep both nights (the first night we had to drive her in the car she was screaming so much). She usually wakes 2-4 times per night and nurses and falls right back to sleep. Last night during the night she woke up and would not stop crying. I ended up playing with her and she was happy. She would not nurse. She has only had two bottles her entire life but my husband thought I should try and see what she did. She drank 4 ounces and fell asleep 10 minutes later. I took her to the doctor this morning and everything looks good. She thought it might be a phase and told me her son weaned himself at 10 months. I DO NOT want to stop nursing. Have your babies gone through a phase like this? Maybe it is just teething!<br><br>
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My vote is teething. Other possiblities - upset tummy, new stage of life/developement, lets see what happens if I do this, etc etc.<br>
Your docs son did not self wean, babies don't self wean at 10 months.
 

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Thanks for replying. I think it must be teething too. I agree, babies do not self wean that young. She is nursing fine all day, it is just at night. I brought her in to rule out an ear infection.
 

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Put away the bottles and don't get them out again. It could be teething, or growth spurt or new skills or or or<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
hang in there!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Thank you. It is funny that you say that. I said that to my husband this morning. I said that for a baby that has never really had a bottle, she took to it immediately. I told him I would be afraid that the bottle would be what would stop her from nursing.
 

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If she's teething, the bottle probably felt good because she could chew on it (as opposed to your breasts which she probably can't chew on!). Maybe try massaging her gums for a few minutes before bed tonight or give her a wahscloth to chew on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Teething is no fun for baby or for mama.
 

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Is ear infection a possibility? Ds went through the same a couple months ago....he was just miserable and was up like every hour. Ended up being a double infection.
 

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Thanks everyone. You all are great to help. She definitely does not have an ear infection, thankfully. I brought her in to her doctor this AM just to rule it out. She has been great all day and napped well too. She has been nursing normally so I can stop worrying about a nursing strike. I assume with that they refuse to nurse all together. The issue has only been at night, though, so we will see how tonight goes.
 
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