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Help! Baby tooth extraction and nursing pain

Posted by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM
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Today my 18 month old fell on our ceramic tile and broke her two front teeth. One needed to be extracted and the other just has a chip. I cannot nurse her at all on the right side, its too painful. The left hurts too but I can muster through it sort of.

I think when she nurses my nipple is being pulled through the space where the tooth was pulled and scraping along the chipped tooth. How can I get rid of this pain? I cant do this long term. 

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by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Nip shield?? Good luck.
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM
maybe a nipple shield?
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by Kate on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Try the following and if it doesn't work, try a nipple shield.

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.

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by Gina on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

This is what nipple shields were invented for.

by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM
She HATES the nipple shield. She won't do it. I can handle nursing her on the left side, it only hurts if she isn't adjusted properly. I can't nurse her on the right side at all. I think I am just going to consider nursing her from the left side only from this point. I told her the right one was broken and said she okay and just asked for the other one lol so Idont think it should cause any issues with her. Anything I should know about nursing on just one side?
by Bronze Member on Sep. 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM
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Can you take her back to the dentist so they can file off the rough edges?
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by on Sep. 3, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Quoting Cleo07:

Can you take her back to the dentist so they can file off the rough edges?

They were going to yesterday but she was beyong upset. She was puking in her mouth and starting to choke and was just done. I think that will help but it wont solve it completely.My nipple is being pulled into that empty space where the other tooth was pulled and it just hurts.

I found a group of IBCLCs and I am going to call at 8 when the open. I am hoping that some hands on help will make some sort of difference.

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