My son is almost a year old (I can't believe it!). He, unfortunately, tends to scrape his teeth on me some of the time when he's nursing. It's not a case of "nice suck, suck, suck - BITE!" He only has 4 teeth - and the top two were MISERABLE for everyone - so we have a long way to go. I finally got our LC on the phone for a few minutes yesterday, and she said he's teething on me, unfortunately. She said to keep trying all the things I've been trying - the frozen washcloth, letting him bite clean burp cloths, the teething necklace I wear every day so he can bite that when he's on my lap, teething tablets, Tylenol or Motrin drops, numbing cream on his gums as a last resort, etc. She said that some kids are just bad teethers... which I think is, unfortunately for me, the case with my son. We're not planning to stop nursing any time soon - I actually think my son is more dependent on it now than he was a couple of months ago - but at times, IT HURTS, almost no matter what I do! It's very frustrating.
The latest is that yesterday, I probably let him scrape his teeth on me a little too much when he nursed before dinner. I was a bit sore later, but I've dealt with that before and didn't think much of it. I gave him the cloths to chew on and gave him teething tablets before bed to try to help the situation. However, when he nursed before bed, he bit me a bit more, but it hurt A LOT on the one side especially. I have a lumpy area under the right side of my nipple. I'm not sure if it's just a slightly blocked duct (I've had problems on that side, most notably a milk blister last weekend) that has to work itself out with the help of some ibuprofen and more nursing, or if he may have done some tissue damage.
The other thing is that he usually prefers nursing sitting up and being able to switch sides willy-nilly as he prefers, so while I could try, it would be very hard to nurse him only on one side, given the yelling that will result.
Obviously I'm not planning to stop nursing any time soon, otherwise this wouldn't be such a big deal. But he doesn't eat a huge amount of solids relative to his age (he has breakfast, lunch, and dinner most days), especially when he's teething. So I think for both nutrition and emotional reasons it's important that we figure out how to deal with this latest sore area for me, as well as the teething/nursing issues generally.
If anyone has any thoughts for me, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!