Issues with teeth

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Registered: 11-06-2006
Issues with teeth
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Thu, 01-20-2011 - 1:22pm

I started to post this a few nights ago, but when the boards decided to eat my post, I was just too tired to retype everything!

baby

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Registered: 08-09-2004
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 3:34pm

I seem to have similar problems, especially as DS begins to bring in new teeth... he's currently working on #6, #7 & #8 all at the same time...

I have found I have to be very observant of how he latches...I really just go back to basics - tell him to open wide, and put my nipple to his nose... The biggest challenge is the night nursings... I've got a sore on the top of 1 bb - and its kid of painful - so I know where you're comming from.

Have you gone back to the basics for latching?

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Fri, 01-21-2011 - 3:35pm
Erica, I'm so sorry you're having a hard time. I don't have any magic words of wisdom to offer, since I know you're a nursing pro and know all the basic stuff. Are you using lots of lanolin both before and after nursing? If it's just too painful and you're not comfortable nursing on both sides, is weaning just on one side an option? Some moms end up nursing only on one side as baby gets older for various reasons.

This may be a stretch but have you tried a laid-back nursing position? Laid-back breastfeeding is a very popular thing recently and it does help a lot of moms with many different issues so it may be worth a shot. http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/2010/7/18/laid-back-breastfeeding.html

Good luck, sweetie! I'm really sorry you're in so much pain.
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Registered: 11-06-2006
Fri, 01-21-2011 - 9:06pm
You know, Dana, I haven't tried a reclined position with him. I've occasionally been able to get a latch on the left that isn't too bad if we lay down, but that isn't always possible. I'll try reclining at the next feeding since I'm due to try that side anyway.

I think I'm just really frustrated. If I can get lefty healed up, I think we'll find a way through this. I'm just hoping my supply doesn't dip too dramatically on that side since it was my larger producer.

I also tried sneaking a tiny patch of tegaderm (a plastic dressing that adheres to the skin) just to protect those spots, but he balked at the difference in feeling. Oh, well. I am going to try to get through this week and see where we are. If things don't seem to be getting better, then I'll probably try to call an LC to come look at the latch and see if there's anything else we can do.

Erica
baby

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Registered: 11-06-2006
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 2:53pm
Just thought I'd give a quick update that things do seem to be looking up. The right side is entirely healed (though still a little tender since he latches on like a barracuda!) and the left side is better though not entirely healed. I did stop by the breastfeeding store at the hospital and pick up some hydrogel pads which, whether they are making the sores heal faster or not, are at least comforting. I can say that more often than not, I'm able to get him latched on the left without any pain, unless he turns his head. At that point, I've been taking him off and putting him on the other side. Pumping output hasn't really dropped on the left side, so I think we're ok!

I'm really excited that it looks like we'll work through this without any real problems. This is my last baby and I'm looking forward to still nursing him for quite a while to come.

Erica
baby

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 3:03pm
I'm so happy to hear this, Erica!! Thanks so much for swinging by for an update!!
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