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Please help this makes me almost want to give up

Posted by on May. 6, 2013 at 9:29 PM
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Ok dd is 8 months and has her 4 front teeth recently I have noticed she kinda clamps down on my nipple to nurse no not biteing but enough that its really starting to hurt and leave marks. I unlatch and re latch that doesn't seem to help im not sure what I could do I really wanted to make it a year but it hurts so bad
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IrishIz
by Silver Member on May. 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM
Is she doing this the entire nursing session? Is it with all sessions?
cadditalbrat
by on May. 6, 2013 at 9:32 PM
i with my older two I used to pat then on the lips and say "NO!" they only did it a couple times and eventually they didn't like me hurting their feelings and quit. My youngest is almost 8 months and I've only done it once.
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cadditalbrat
by on May. 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM
i'm sorry :( I know it hurts but just remember that the benifits to hitting that 1 year mark are amazing. Good Luck!
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chrissydan
by Member on May. 6, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Its at every nursing session she is eating and just clamps I don't think she knows she Is doing it. She onlu does this for 1 side

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Is she doing this the entire nursing session? Is it with all sessions?
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on May. 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM

When she clamps, take her off and put her down. In a few minutes you can try again. Make sure she's not getting solids before she nurses; being hungry helps to get them to focus.

beachlove512
by Member on May. 6, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I had the same problem with DS at that age. It made me want to throw in the towel. What I did was tell him "ouch that hurts mommy" in a sad voice then put him down for a few before nursing again. Eventually they'll get the hint. Now he'll be a year old this weekend and we're still nursing (even with all 8 of his teeth!) Just keep at it, you can get through this! :)

K8wizzo
by Kate on May. 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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Not really biting, but scraping teeth or indentations

Teeth scraping, uncomfortable latch, or indentations on your nipple tissue from the teeth is not all that uncommon. It seems to be worse for most moms right when the teeth first cut through, and before they have a chance to wear down some and become less sharp. Babies may also change their latch a bit when they get new teeth, as nursing can feel different to them with the new teeth. With time, baby will learn to nurse better with the new teeth and you won’t be so aware of them. Here are some suggestions that have helped other moms:

  • With an older baby, the weight of the baby can cause baby’s mouth and teeth to “drag down” on the breast tissue. See if you can position baby so that her weight is supported well. Use pillows or a chair with arm rests to support her as much as you can. When she is nursing on the left side, bring her bottom in a little bit closer and vice versa. Don’t let her nurse in a position that lets her weight and gravity cause her mouth to pull down on your breast and nipple. Try moving her body slightly in different ways (higher, lower, side to side, etc.) till the pressure on your breast is lessened.
  • Latch baby on and position her head so that it is tilted back more to get the pressure of the top teeth off your breast. For example, if baby is nursing in the cradle position on the left side, bring her body toward the right a bit. This will bring baby’s chin up, with her head a bit cocked back, and that moves the pressure of baby’s top teeth off the top of the nipple. Don’t let her chin rest on her chest.
  • Some other ways to get baby’s head tilted back more: ask your child to look at you while she nurses, or hold a book up high to read to your child and have her look at the book.
  • When you support your breast with 2-4 fingers underneath and thumb on top, push in against the chest wall with your index finger just before offering the breast. This will cause the nipple and areola to point down more, so that they don’t rub against baby’s upper teeth. This technique is often suggested for moms who have nipple soreness due to their nipples rubbing up against the roof of baby’s mouth.
  • Ask baby to open WIDE and show her with your own mouth. Tell her that it hurts mommy and ask her to try again until it feels better.
  • A generous application of lanolin before and after feeding may be helpful, as will rinsing your nipples with cool water after feedings. When babies are teething they produce more saliva which can be irritating to nipple tissue. If baby is eating solids, sometimes food particles left in the mouth can also irritate nipple tissue, so it may help to rinse out baby’s mouth or give baby a sip of water prior to nursing.
  • Any time you experience soreness, go back to the basics of latch just as you did in the early days.
  • It’s also possible that some of the tenderness is a result of ovulation or an impending menstrual period. Many moms of older babies are more bothered with latch on and baby’s teeth during these times.

See also:

lifeforchrist
by on May. 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

this happened with my first. At about a year when her teeth came in i started going nuts. It never changed and we ended up weaning at 20 months because I couldn't stand the feeling.

Mommyzlovez
by on May. 7, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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 God bless you, I will also use this when our times comes this Nov...LOVE you!!! LOL

Quoting K8wizzo:

Not really biting, but scraping teeth or indentations

Teeth scraping, uncomfortable latch, or indentations on your nipple tissue from the teeth is not all that uncommon. It seems to be worse for most moms right when the teeth first cut through, and before they have a chance to wear down some and become less sharp. Babies may also change their latch a bit when they get new teeth, as nursing can feel different to them with the new teeth. With time, baby will learn to nurse better with the new teeth and you won’t be so aware of them. Here are some suggestions that have helped other moms:

  • With an older baby, the weight of the baby can cause baby’s mouth and teeth to “drag down” on the breast tissue. See if you can position baby so that her weight is supported well. Use pillows or a chair with arm rests to support her as much as you can. When she is nursing on the left side, bring her bottom in a little bit closer and vice versa. Don’t let her nurse in a position that lets her weight and gravity cause her mouth to pull down on your breast and nipple. Try moving her body slightly in different ways (higher, lower, side to side, etc.) till the pressure on your breast is lessened.
  • Latch baby on and position her head so that it is tilted back more to get the pressure of the top teeth off your breast. For example, if baby is nursing in the cradle position on the left side, bring her body toward the right a bit. This will bring baby’s chin up, with her head a bit cocked back, and that moves the pressure of baby’s top teeth off the top of the nipple. Don’t let her chin rest on her chest.
  • Some other ways to get baby’s head tilted back more: ask your child to look at you while she nurses, or hold a book up high to read to your child and have her look at the book.
  • When you support your breast with 2-4 fingers underneath and thumb on top, push in against the chest wall with your index finger just before offering the breast. This will cause the nipple and areola to point down more, so that they don’t rub against baby’s upper teeth. This technique is often suggested for moms who have nipple soreness due to their nipples rubbing up against the roof of baby’s mouth.
  • Ask baby to open WIDE and show her with your own mouth. Tell her that it hurts mommy and ask her to try again until it feels better.
  • A generous application of lanolin before and after feeding may be helpful, as will rinsing your nipples with cool water after feedings. When babies are teething they produce more saliva which can be irritating to nipple tissue. If baby is eating solids, sometimes food particles left in the mouth can also irritate nipple tissue, so it may help to rinse out baby’s mouth or give baby a sip of water prior to nursing.
  • Any time you experience soreness, go back to the basics of latch just as you did in the early days.
  • It’s also possible that some of the tenderness is a result of ovulation or an impending menstrual period. Many moms of older babies are more bothered with latch on and baby’s teeth during these times.

See also:

 

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