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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    down south!

    Default Teeth, but not biting exactly

    Hi! I haven't posted much in a while but wanted to give myself a bit of a shout out b/c Simon is 13 months next week, and we are still at it!! I am very happy about that.

    But we have one tiny painful thing that his latch seems to slide out a bit and his teeth rest painfully right next to my nipple. He isn't biting per se but ouch! it hurts. What are we doing wrong? When I take him off and put him back on, it goes right back into the teeth marks. It's not every single time, but when it does happen I just stop nursing for a while.
    Any thoughts? Thanks!!
    Mama to two wonderful boys:
    DS1, October 2006, nursed for 8 months

    DS2, October 2009, EBF and going strong at 13 months!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Maryland suburbs of DC

    Default Re: Teeth, but not biting exactly

    Yay for making it to 13 months.

    My youngest does that - but it is usually when he is falling asleep (which, now is all the time we nurse!) Usually if I say "ouch" he'll say "my sorry" and re-latch. I know your LO isn't doing it on purpose so understand why you don't want to treat it like a bite -- but if it is hurting you - there's nothing wrong with taking a little break and giving him a chance to re-latch so it won't hurt.
    I would think that would be the only way he'll understand that it is not okay.
    My boys (both hypnobirths!):
    N 12/24/05 - birth center baby; nursed until Dec. 2007
    G 3/21/08 - we had a wonderful homebirth!!! - still nursing

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2009

    Default Re: Teeth, but not biting exactly

    DD did that and I found that I just got used to it and it dosent hurt anymore. it did when her top teeth were first coming in. She still leaves teeth marks when she is done nursing, but there is no more pain. Maybe it wil just take some time to have the pain go away?
    Mommy of 4,
    3 who I watch over, 1 who watches over all of us

    J- 8/20/05 pumped breastmilk for 11 months due to his cleft lip and palate!

    M- 10/17/07 my precious baby lives forever in her mommys heart

    M- 3/31/09 my special gift, she helps heal her mommy and daddys heart. Nursed for 4 years and 10 days, self weaned the day her baby brother was born!

    E-, new little miracle born 4/11/13, my BIG baby! Born 8.6 at 38 weeks. At 9 weeks nearly 17lbs, at 12 weeks nearly 20lbs, at 6 months nearly 23lbs, at 8 months nearly 25lbs and all from BREASTMILK

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Teeth, but not biting exactly

    could you be getting your period?

    OR be pg? I found I got bad nipple pain when I got pg with little sis...

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    COUGARTOWN Baby! From here on in!

    Default Re: Teeth, but not biting exactly

    Usually when this happens it's about new teeth being in the landscape that they child isn't sure how to navigate around. When it doubt go back to the way your were first taught to get the baby to latch. Shove as much of your breast in the mouth as possible so teeth are hitting breast tissue not nipple and as soon as it gets painful for you, pop off and get baby to open wide and begin again. Most dyads get comfortable after a while. But teeth change things. All the rules of getting baby to practice a good latch still apply at 13 months. If popped off a child will usually open wide and try again.

    Way too lazy for formula

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