Can someone help me find a solution for this pain??

Dianne - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi all. :) I have a question and I'm hoping that someone will have a solution to help relieve the pain I've been having with nursing lately! I'm still breastfeeding my 10-month-old daughter Laura, and everything is going wonderfully, which is saying a lot since we had such a rocky start when she was a newborn and she had to be supplemented quite a bit in the first couple months. Anyway she loves nursing, I love for her to be nursing....but now her two top teeth have come in and in the past week or so, breastfeeding has become extremely painful. Let me stress that she is not biting--she's not doing that thing of looking at me mischievously and clamping down because she's had enough milk and she's just playing around, or she just wants to get a reaction or whatever--if it were just that I could train her out of it, and once in awhile she does clamp down and I do immediately break the latch and tell her "no". However even when she's just nursing like normal, her teeth press into my breast and cause great pain. I know it's the teeth because this morning when the pain started I lasted as long as I could before breaking the latch, and then I looked down and saw two little teeth marks about a half inch above my nipple. Talk about OUCH!! And now my breasts are just plain sore from this; even between feedings they're tender and a little painful. What on earth can I do about this? I don't feel that she's ready to be weaned; she has a "take it or leave it" attitude about solid food, and she can't have formula b/c she has a dairy allergy. (And this is the immune-response, eczema/skin rash type allergy, unfortunately...which we hope she will grow out of.) I don't really want to give her soy formula; I have reservations about soy in general. Is there anything that can be done besides weaning?? Please help if you have any suggestions. I'm hurtin' over here!! Thanks so much. :)

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As baby's get older they tend to develop a "lazy latch" especially with changes like new teeth. I know exactly what pain you are talking about. Check out this link for detailed info:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi...
Try different nursing positions. I found that laying down helped. Make sure that you really support her head so that it's not weighing down on your breast. Talk to her about her latch. Show her how to open wide and she will imitate you. Keep going back to basics and make sure she's latching well. Lots of lanolin in between nursing. My first developed a lazy latch and I'm positive it was due to sippy cups/straw cups so we're skipping those with this baby. When she starts getting a little water we will just do an open cup.

Candy - posted on 10/29/2011

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Two suggestions- at 10 mo she can understand when you say "booboo"- ask her to be softer and let her know it hurts. 2nd- invest in nice vibrating teether- she is probably using you as a pacifier/teether-my boys did. Maybe let her pick out the teether or freezing wet washcloth helped with teething.

Marieke - posted on 10/29/2011

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Oh, how i remember that. I too nursed all my three children & i loved it, there was a very strong desire for me to do this for my children. You are doing a wonderful job. Unfortunatly there is no miracle cure that will completely solve this. As i remember the breaking of the new teeth & thus also hurting the nipple area whilst feeding is only a few days or so. Which is when it is at its worst. Once the teeth break through you shouldn't have any problems. I guess they are extra sharp so they can break through the gums (no wonder bubs have a hard time at teething, it must be very painful for them as well. During the worst days i would just look at my baby nursing & feel the love & bond, this feeling would get me through the pain until i couldn't do it anymore. And yes you will probably have permanent indentations for about a week. After nursing i would put calendula balm around my nipple & before nursing again a few hours later wipe off any residue of the balm that was still left on the skin. REapply after every feeding. You may also during this period have to feed more often but shorter feeds.Hope this helps. It is painful but try & work through this pain with the feeling of love & joy your baby brings you & hopefully this will get you through. The calendula should also help with the aftermath.Best of luck & remember it is only for a relatively short time, it does get better after this - stick with it -you are doing a awesome job, so keep it up.
Blessings Marieke
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Dianne - posted on 10/28/2011

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Thanks so much Sara! That article is really helpful. I did post a query on one of the kellymom forums but didn't think to look in their article section! I also talked to my LC yesterday and she basically said the same thing; it's the latch. She gave me some pointers about repositioning the baby and making sure she has a deep latch (similar suggestions found in the kellymom article) and it really seems to be helping. I'm also paying a lot more close attention to her while she's nursing so that I can tell when she's slowing down and relaxing the latch (which is what causes the pain)....and things are going better and are not as painful. Thanks again!

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