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  1. #1
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    Default Random questions

    Baby 2 is 5.5 months old and nursing has been wonderful and smooth for almost 3 months now. Thanks for being so helpful, you all!

    Lately (for about 10 days? 2 weeks?), baby's latch is getting painful. She nurses a lot at night, and some mornings my left areola (the nipple is flat, so the nipple itself is usually fine - she only uses my left side) is red, sore, and a bit shredded, but no bleeding yet. It feels sometimes like she's biting me, though the only tooth she has is a side one, not a front one. I guess my question is, can teething pain cause a latch to get bad? Because I suspect she's sprouting another tooth soon and it's causing her discomfort. If so, is there anything I can do besides wait it out?

    Also for the past week or so I've been having some crampy feelings down there, sometimes almost regular like postpartum afterpains, more when she nurses. Is that usually a sign of fertility returning? Because I got 21 months of no periods after DD1 was born and I was sure hoping for something similar, not just 5 or 6 months!

    Thanks all

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    Default Re: Random questions

    Yes, teething can definitely mess up a baby's latch. If that's the case, be patient, and readjust her when she gnaws on you. But the red, sore, "shredded" nipples make me wonder about thrush.
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    Hmm, OK. If it's thrush, is that just diagnosed by symptoms, or is there an actual test that the doctor would do? It doesn't hurt between feedings except maybe in the morning for a bit after a VERY nursey night.

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    Symptoms. You'd be looking for some combination of the following:
    - nipples which appear more pink/red than normal
    - dry, flaking skin in the nipple/areola/breast area
    - cracks (usually small, slitlike cracks which radiate around the nipple or areola)
    - vaginal yeast infection in mom
    - oral thrush or yeast diaper rash in the baby
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    Thanks mommal. I guess I have #1 and #3, but the cracks seem to come and go. I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks again for the thrush heads-up! Never thought of it.

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    I also suggest, try different positions at night. For example, if you are only sidelying, try laid back, and vice versa.

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