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|Fri, 05-07-2010 - 6:54pm|
My 11 month old, Dylan, just got his first tooth a couple of weeks ago. His second tooth (both are bottom center teeth) came in last weekend. The biting is becoming unbearable. I've read the page at kellymom, but I'm just not getting any relief. I had planned to breastfeed until 18 months or so, but I'm starting to contemplate weaning. Any advice or encouragement would be appreciated.
Basically, he started to chomp down before he had teeth. He would clamp down on my nipple and jerk his head to the side in a ripping motion. It hurt, but I was able to get him to stop by pinching his nose or smushing his face into my breast. Now that he has teeth, it hurts like hell from the very second he bites. I'm still able to get him to unclamp by pinching his nose, but there's pain already. After each bite, I try not to react because that just makes him laugh. If I yelp accidentally, he'll giggle and start blowing raspberries. I give him three bites on each breast before I cut him off. He's biting so much lately (the last three days or so) that I'm worried he's not getting enough milk. He nurses before every nap (3x/day) and before he goes to sleep -- that's it. Should I increase feedings to make sure he's getting enough milk?
I'm extra worried because he's allergic to dairy and soy, so he's not consuming either with his solids. He does eat a pretty wide variety of foods otherwise, though, including lots of veg, fruits, an avocado every day, some meat, and a lot of grains/beans/lentils.
I guess another possibility would be for me to go back to pumping. I'm not too thrilled about this, though, because I never got a lot from my pumping, and it was hard to find the time. Plus, he's completely off the bottle now, and I'd hate to have to put him back on it. Or could he drink the expressed milk with a straw? I don't know, he hasn't had expressed milk since he was 7 months old.