Hi all. My 11 month old is getting his top teeth in and they have started to irritate the side of my nipple. Yesterday the skin officially cracked open and it stings very badly when he feeds. I must admit that the little one has gotten into the habit of having a poor latch. He can only nurse if he tugs my nipple and uses his arms to push my chest away. I've tried to correct this but the little guy is quite stubborn.
I've tried switching nursing positions, which decreases the pain, but he doesn't enjoy the different positions. At the end of the nursing session I make sure to rub a bit of breast milk around the nipple and air dry. It gets better, but then it's time to nurse again and the wound opens up again.
This morning when I first turned on the pump at work the wound opened up and started bleeding. I had to stop quickly, blot it up, waited a few minutes, then resumed pumping with no problems.
Any suggestions how to handle cracked nipples while nursing and pumping? It just seems impossible to heal up since nursing and/or pumping happens every few hours!