My daughter has started to teethe...and she loves to squeeze her gums together when she's nursing, and all i can say is OUCH!!! and she doesnt even have teeth yet!
But, i'm here for a bigger problem. Its so big that i was barely able to nurse her today. Lately, she's gotten into the habit of latching, sucking once or twice, and then pulling away...only to want to relatch immediately. She does it alot. When I came home from work on Wednesday, she would pull away, give me goo-goo eyes and smile really big, then get back on the boobie. She did this a few times, and i thought it was cute. She was playing and wasnt hurting anyone, so i just let her do it (she had done it before, except this time you could obviously see that she was playing).
Usually, though, she gets cranky and cries whenever she pulls away...as if i were taking away the boob. Today, i let her cry a little before offering the breast again, but her behavior remained the same...she pulled away, protested, and wanted right back on the boob. She kept doing it, so i just put the boob away, and had to pump instead (my nipples have become sore from her doing it).
Have any of you experienced this? What should i do? it is extremely frustrating for both me and my baby to have to play this game. I dont have an overactive let down. I had plenty of milk in my boobs when she did it this afternoon....she was so hungry, but she kept latching and unlatching, so i just resorted to the bottle (and btw, she has pitched a fit every time i put the bottle in her mouth. Feeding her has truly been a struggle these last few days).
She got her vaccines on thursday (but she was already doing the latching/relatching thing...it has just gotten a lot worse), and i've noted that in the last 48 hours, she has been uber cranky. Not my usual happy baby.
This makes me think that we are close to being done with breastfeeding. It makes me so sad because i dont want it to end on this note, and because i wanted to do it until she was at least 6 months old.