We've had a rough go with every new tooth, but this last round has been particularly rough. DD has five teeth, and I hope to god the sixth is almost through because it's been taking over a month. She has always nursed a little differently with each tooth but now I have a constant set of indentations from her three top teeth right above my nipple. They fade between feedings but never go away completely, and there's a red bump there that doesn't go away either. The place where her bottom teeth rest is rubbed raw.
Seriously, yesterday was so bad that I actually got a little nauseous during nursing at one point. (No, not pg!) I've tried my usual techniques to adjust her position but they aren't working. I only nurse on one side, so I never get relief from offering the other side. NTM I'm at home with her and she nurses every 2-3 hours still during the day.
The other night she started biting, with all five teeth. I unlatched her several times and told her we wouldn't nurse if she was biting, and instead of nursing she just went off to play.
I am so proud of making it to 1 year and have no intention of weaning yet, but lately I've actually found myself wondering what my options are. I can't give her cow's milk yet b/c her doctor wants to wait for some test results to make sure there are still no milk protein issues. So I would need to pump, and I'm not ready to go that route yet. I just really miss how nice our nursing relationship used to be. I used to really enjoy it, love the bond, and now each nursing session has become something to "get through."
I need encouragement, please! This will get better again, right?