I am nearing my wits end with my 2 yr old (32 mos). Somehow over the past while, her latch has become "lazy" and I am finding teeth marks on my nipple at the end of every feed.
She is tandem nursing with her brother (8 mos old), and we have been dealing with thrush this winter (for about the last 7 mos ...) so the pain I feel could be due to the thrush as much as to the teeth. (It doesn't hurt when the baby nurses, though). I treat the thrush topically with clotrimizole ointment and/or gentian violet when it is really bothersome.
She received bottles (Playtex Naturalatch nipples) from 15 months until about two weeks ago, when I cut them out, thinking that they might be causing "nipple confusion". She didn't bite consistently until this winter. I'm wondering if her mouth has changed a lot in the last few months, and has suddenly "outgrown" her earlier latch.
She is trying valiantly to adjust her latch, opening wide, using her tongue, etc, but as soon as she is latched on, she wiggles back to her usual position. She is the kind of child who will stop nursing completely if I correct her too many times, so I pretty much leave her to nurse as she wants to after three or four adjustments. Same thing when I want her to fall asleep - it's rather counterproductive to engage her cognitively when I want her little brain to fall asleep! (On the other hand, she tells me that her dollies are using a good latch when she is nursing them, which is very cute!)
So my question is - has anyone else faced this and overcome the problem (or did you just persevere and/or wean?) If so, how did you instruct your child to nurse better??
Thank you for your help,