Help for sore nipples from teething baby.

Julie - posted on 10/31/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 11mos and has 4 teeth. And she is really hurting my nipples. She has cut them and made sores. 95% of the time she is just doing her regular nursing. I dont know what to do. I'm not ready to wean her but I also cant stand the pain. They are also too sore to pump. I have been using the all purpose nipple ointment and that helps some. A little history... I have hyper-sensitive nipples and it took 6-8 weeks for the pain to go away from begining to nurse. She also has a really shallow latch. I would love any suggestions.

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T - posted on 03/01/2010

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mine is 9 mos and yup...nursing is painful now...so what I do from time to time at night is put some lanolin on...fill a bowl with warm salt water...soak my boob in there for about 5 minutes and then let them air dry over night. Also you have to really make sure to hold the breast as they eat so that you support it and pay attention better to changes in their suckling. They can't bite you AND drink at the same time so a pause is always a sign to "pinky release immediately!" lol...

Rebecca - posted on 10/31/2009

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You probably need to reteach her to latch. She should be pulling your nipple far into her mouth. I have hyper sensitive nipples and with my first 3 babies breast feeding didn't hurt. My new baby has been hurting me due to a shallow latch. When your baby pulls your nipple further into her mouth there isn't as much friction or suction on the end. So it doesn't hurt. Make her open her mouth really wide. Grab your breast with your hand by placeing your thumb on top by base of nipple, pointer finger on bottom side at base of nipple. Your hand should be C shaped. Use your fingers on the underside of your breast to help pull her bottom lip and jaw down some to keep her mouth wide. Make sure her head is tilted back so her mouth is pointed up towards the ceiling. She will be grasping more of the bottom than the top. Also I know this may sound like a hard thing to do...but everytime your little one bites you give her a flick on the lips and make her wait a few seconds before offering her the breast again. Not too hard. Just hard enough to inflict a little shock of pain. She will connect the flick with the bite and it will only take a few times of that before she quits. I had 2 bitters. I almost stopped breast feeding my second child b/c of the pain. I did this with her and she quit after getting flicked 4 times. They are so much smarter than we realize!

Tinia - posted on 09/16/2010

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my son is 22 months and sometimes he just likes to play on my breasts but i'm not ready to wean him because when he's sick and not eating he breastfeeds exclusively and i'm afraid if i do he wouldn't have nutrition at sick times. however he has alot of teeth but Palmers Nursing cream seems to work just fine for me. it soothes my nipples and its safe for him swallow without washing off (small amounts of course). Just hang in there!

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Sarah - posted on 09/16/2010

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Breast shells and The First Years makes a refrigerator gel pack which is great. I wear the shells (not shield!) so my nipples don't rub against my bra and use the gel packs for 20 after a feeding. Lansinoh will help w/ the healing.

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I really like the brand "Mother Love". It is all natural. My baby had a shallow latch and hurt for a while. I used to rub the crean on my nipples.

Tara - posted on 02/24/2010

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I have the same problem. I tried the football hold, which will hopefully allow the sore to heal as her teeth rub on a different part. However, now the new area where her teeth rub is getting a new wound! So frustrating! i don't want to wean my baby either, but she is almost 10 months and this has been going on for months! I can deal with the pain, but I am afraid the cut will get infected so not sure what to do. Has anything helped you?

Kayce - posted on 11/04/2009

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Julie, I feel your pain! I have the same problem, where my son isn't really biting me, his teeth just rub during nursing. I haven't been able to find a way to get him to stop but I am going to keep checking back to your post to see if anyone posts anything to help! I hope it gets better for you and your daughter.

Julie - posted on 11/03/2009

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I have been trying to teach her to relatch with a deeper latch. She has only bit me 3-4 times and I did flick her and tell her no and take her off. So that is not the problem. Im getting sores from her teeth rubbing on my nipples while she is nursing. I have worked with 4 different lactation consultants during the first 2-3 months of her life trying to improve her latch. With no real success. That is why I have just put up with a shallow latch. A friend did tell me it took her about 8 weeks to get used to the teeth rubbing and then the pain finally went away. If I just have to grin and bear it for a few weeks... great. But if it is never going to get better... I think I will wean her on her birthday and be incredibly grateful that we made it this far.

Angie - posted on 10/31/2009

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:O and I forgot to mention if she bites you unlatch her with your finger and put her down and say no to her firmly good luck :D

Angie - posted on 10/31/2009

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Lansinoh is a lanolin cream and I had never felt better after using this, I breast fed my 3rd child for 22 months so full set of teeth. As long as youve got a good latch she should not hurt you remember the full areola should not be seen. I also found the milk container things helped as well and kept the nipples soft and supple because they say your own milk is the best for sore nipples. I know avent make these things you put in your bra they called breast shells and they collect any leaking milk. The link below is for some lansinoh the cheapest I have ever seen it. Hope this helps



http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lansinoh-Lanolin...

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