My baby is now about 17 weeks and we are still doing really well with breastfeeding. We both seem to really enjoy it and the doctor said our baby is growing well at her last appointment yesterday. She is about 14 pounds and a pretty happy baby so I a m thrilled about that!
The problem I am now starting to face is that the last few days she has started this new thing of ( what I assume is ) biting down hard on my nipple with her gums. It hurts really bad when she does it and sometimes she does it and pulls as well because she wants to turn her head at the same time. So far, through the whole breastfeeding experience I have not had any kind of pain or soreness ( other than the clogged ducts I got at the beginning ) and I am not sure at all what if anything I can do about it. She eats already every hour about and this has been her way to not get too much too fast and so I have been ok with feeding her that often if it helps her, so I do not think it is an issue of her trying to stop the flow or anything. ( especially since she tends to do it towards the end of the feed or when she is distracted )
My mother said once we started chewing or biting on her she weaned us from the breast. I would like to breastfeed for at least the first year but not sure I will survive too much of this biting down especially once she gets teeth or starts really teething. So, I was wondering if there is anything I can or should do about this. She doesn't take anything other than the breast, wont even take a pacifier if we try, and unless it becomes an even bigger problem I don't want to worry about pumping and trying to get her used to a bottle.
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.