Teething but still breastfeeding

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I have a nearly 7 month old daughter who is currently teething (her two top fangs) and I am still breast feeding. It is starting to hurt just like they did when she was newborn. I am thinking about stopping for this reason even though i really like breastfeeding (its easy, convenient, cheap) Can anyone give me some advice or tips on how to stop the pain or if I should just stop breast feeding?

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Jana - posted on 11/18/2008

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when my DS was teething I had to use Lansinoh again to help in between feedings. I got used to the new sensation of teeth while nursing. I am sure that one the teeht appear you and your baby will have to negotiate biting as well. My DS learned quickly that there was to be no biting due to his latch being broken and him removed from the brest with a firm NO when he would bite. I know that your breasts are tender right now but if you can just hang in there you will pull through this just like you did when you first started nursing. Best wishes!

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My son is 23 mo. almost and has a full mouth of teeth. If my son bit me I would take him off the breast, tell him no biting mommy and make him wait like 5 mins before starting again. If he did it again, I told him, no, no that hurt mommy, we do not bite or no nursing and take him off again until the next session. That only happened once or twice before he learned not to bite or no nursing. Then about 20 mo. I started having bad pain while he was nursing. I thought oh my goodness, he's changed his latch, what am I going to do... turns out.. I was pregnant again. It's been rough! My nipples are very tender, still at almost 20 weeks pregnant. I tell him to watch his teeth, will take him off and put him back on to try to adjust his latch and tell him to be gentle. I also find once he's sleeping he really rests his teeth on my nipples and also will accidentally bite. So I try to unlatch him and take him off once he's asleep. Best wishes!

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Thank you for that :) I really want to breastfeed and I think, like when she was newborn, I will get used to the feeling and after a while wont be so tender. I think I should just perservere.

Desiree - posted on 11/16/2008

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My son started teething at 3 1/2 months and had 4 teeth by 4 months and believe me I could feel them. He is now 9 months and has 8 teeth and 4 more that haven't broken through yet. He went through a phase at about 5 months when he started biting me HARD! I really wanted to keep bfing so I tried pumping for my day time feeds to give my breasts some relief. I continued bfing him in the morning and at night (these were the times he was least likely to hurt me) like I normally would but with no TV, distractions or any noise period. I found this helped alot I gradually started switching him back onto the breast once I wasn't so tender. I think I just got used to the feeling of his teeth which aren't so bad it was the biting that was our problem! :( Anyways I hope this was helpful If you can try pumping for a while I think it might help.

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