feeding with teeth

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My son is 7 months old and got his bottom two teeth last week. Now that they're up a bit that scrap on me every time he feeds. Its very painful, but I don't want to stop breast feeding him yet.. Is this normal for babies with teeth and what can i do about it?

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Dianna - posted on 01/29/2009

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That would explain. You may want to talk to the doc about clipping the "tie", my friend had it done, it was an in office procedure, very quick and pretty painless.

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His tongue doesn't actually go over his gums/teeth. he has quite a thick tongue-tie. He's latching on okay so maybe it is partly his tongue.

Joanna - posted on 01/28/2009

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try to make especially sure that they latch on when their mouths are as wide open as possible. That helped me... also recheck their latch position.. as they grow they do tend to get more lazy.

Dianna - posted on 01/28/2009

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My little man is 9 months w/6 teeth and we don't have problems. Not thatwe nerver did. First make sure the latch is right, sometimes that needs to be relearned. Then the scrapping will go away. As for biting, you need to find what works for you - for some it is "yelling and pulling off", for others it is a flick either on the leg or cheek. For us it was pull in close and tight so he had to let go to breath and saying don't bite. It worked right away. And we only have had to repeat it twice over the following 4 months.

Emily - posted on 01/28/2009

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His tongue should be completely covering the bottom teeth, and he should have enough breast in his mouth that his gums are past the areola. As my kids get their teeth I end up with little indentations from their teeth while they nurse, but they don't scrape or dig. After a few days I don't even notice them. Just now as I'm typing this my 13 month old unlatched and I checked my breast... there's a neat little ring around of 4 teeth where the top of her mouth was, but nothing on the bottom.

I would use Lansinoh or something to help soothe your breasts and work on his latch. If he's purposely changing his latch at the end of a feeding, take him off. If he's having trouble at the beginning of a feeding, make sure his gums aren't hurting and try to latch again. It takes a while for little ones to figure out nursing with teeth too.. it's a new experience for them, and if they're latched properly, their tongues are the ones being poked by those sharp little teeth.

Crystal - posted on 01/28/2009

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If you think the bottom teeth are bad wait until they get the top teeth in. The bottom is cushioned somewhat by the tongue, the top teeth are not. Eventually the pain goes away, but I have scars from the marks my kids have given me. I wear them proudly!

Jaime - posted on 01/28/2009

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It's kinda like when they first start feeding and you are uncomfortable if they latch wierd... he's gotta adjust and your skin has to 'toughen'. Try to be sure he is latching right to minimize scraping, alternate positions - use lansinoh or some such cream even if you never had to before.. my 8 month old just got her bottom two the past couple weeks so I literally feel you pain!lol. My first two had teeth at 5 months and the first one nursed well into toddler years... so it is feasable. Best wishes!

Rachael - posted on 01/27/2009

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I don't know if it is "normal" or not but I can tell you that I just experienced this myself. My daughter (9 months old) just got her two bottom teeth in about a month ago. I too was REALLY sore from the teeth scraping on me. It only lasted about 1-2 weeks and then the soreness went away. You might just have to wait until that skin toughens up a little. Try lanolin ointment on your nipples (don't have to remove it before breastfeeding) It might help with some of the soreness. Now we are dealing with the biting....I would rather have the soreness back:)

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