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    Default Improving the latch of a toddler

    How can I get my daughter to improve her latch? The problem is when she's sleepy. I nurse her to sleep at night and when I finish I have two little indents from her top two teeth.

    It's not enough to make me stop, but it's kind of uncomfortable. And I need another case of thrush like I need a hole in my head.

    Ideas? Suggestions? Her latch is ok when she's awake. It's the sleepy time that's not good. I try to take her off and get her to relatch, but she then seems to slip and get lazy with it again.

    Christine
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    Default Re: Improving the latch of a toddler

    DD went through this at the same age. She stopped a little while back. I didn't do anything much, but have you thought about slightly changing the position you nurse in? So if you normally have her head on your arm while you side-lie move your arm out or vice versa All I got I am afraid.
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    Default Re: Improving the latch of a toddler

    Same problem with 18month old latch only it is great when she is sleepy and she pulls my nipple when she's not. It is a horrible latch and I can't believe I've put up with it for so long.

    being a SAHM to DD born 12/09

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    Default Re: Improving the latch of a toddler

    The problem with toddler nursing is that mother and child both get comfortable and as a result, lazy. It happens to both of you. But every time a new tooth shows up the landscape changes and the child isn't sure how to navigate what's new in her mouth. The good news is, you already know how. You improve the latch of a toddler the exact same way you do a newborn. By being diligent. As soon as it gets uncomfortable, you pop off, wait for a super wide mouth and shove a much tit as humanly possible in her mouth. Because if you have to get grazed by new teeth, they hurt way less on your breast than they do on your nipple. And the other good news is that your child actually already knows the drill. Any doubt, when she looks up at you. open your mouth wide, but most toddlers understand that when popped off they need to open wider to continue eating.

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    Default Re: Improving the latch of a toddler

    Thx for the input. She's not happy about relatching. Hopefully she will get better quickly! I found a little scab on my nipple.

    Christine
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    Default Re: Improving the latch of a toddler

    Practice with her a lot during the day, exaggerating a wide mouth for latching on ... I think latching is a kinesthetic skill. So if you're always doing it one way during the day, you're more likely to do it that way at night. This is less true for a toddler than for a newborn - toddlers can have different latches. Still, practicing during the day (especially, practicing in the lying down position like at night) couldn't hurt.


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    Default Re: Improving the latch of a toddler

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    Practice with her a lot during the day, exaggerating a wide mouth for latching on ... I think latching is a kinesthetic skill. So if you're always doing it one way during the day, you're more likely to do it that way at night. This is less true for a toddler than for a newborn - toddlers can have different latches. Still, practicing during the day (especially, practicing in the lying down position like at night) couldn't hurt.
    Good call.

    Christine
    Baby Girl Born 2/17/10 to her two mommies
    BF from day one. I looked up one day and realized I'm nursing a toddler!

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