My son just turned 17 months, and for the past few weeks, he has been really rough. I'm sure he's teething, and he's not really biting in the "chomping down" way, but I feel like he's latching with his teeth. At first it just hurt, and I'd take him off to give them a break, but it started happening more and more, and he started leaving teethmark indentions on the top of my nipples. Now it's gotten to the point where they're bleeding. When I take him off the breast (after telling him 'gentle gentle', 'no biting', 'no teeth', etc...) he freaks out, but he still does it. It's almost like he can't help it.
There is one position where he doesn't do that. When we lay down, instead of being belly to belly, I lay with my feet on one end, and his are at the other (kind of like if we were doing the reverse football hold, but laying down, if that makes sense?). He nurses just fine, but since it's so different, he thinks it's a funny jokey thing, and nurses for awhile, comes off and laughs, nurses, laughs, and on and on, which is fine, but not when I'm trying to get him to nap. I didn't know if anyone else had experience with this, or could help me come up with another position since this one is not very convenient.
I was actually starting to wean, just gradually trying to distract him during his non-sleepy feedings and give him a limit during his sleepy feeds. He loves nursing, so I wanted to make it a gentle transition for him, not him going into hysterics because I won't give him his num-nums because they're "broken".