Nursing babies with teeth!

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Registered: 09-24-2003
Nursing babies with teeth!
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Tue, 06-02-2009 - 7:08pm
My little guy and I have had so many bfing issues. First off, he has some medical problems and we were told that he would never bf. He has since day one, so that is why I was so determined. I have battled 5 rounds of Mastitis (none since Jan), countless times with thrush, I have had raw/cracked and even holes in my nipples at times, along with bleeding, he was tongue tied until he was 10 weeks old and continued to clamp/bite down until he was around 5 months old. Things started going good around that time, but we began to run into another problem around 7 months. He started teething early (had two teeth by 4 1/2 months old). He got his top two teeth around this time, and currently has 7 teeth. He has bit me countless times, and I have since got him to stop. The problem is that he always digs his top teeth into my areola when he nurses. At first it was not so bad, but his teeth are fully in on the top now (well only two are fully up, and a new one just came through). I have two larger bumps on each areola from where his teeth are. When he is finished nursing on each breast you can fully see each tooth mark. My areola is usually very red and sometimes even purple where his teeth have dug in. After awhile, they fade away and leave these red raised marks. At times it hurts and others it is not bad at all. He has broken skin at times, and obviously that hurts more. I have tried changing positions, but that doesn't seem to help. Like I said, he is not biting. He is just nursing with his top teeth. I will continue to nurse even if this continues to happen, even though it is painful at times. My areolas have never felt like back to normal since I have been nursing and usually hurt at times. I also have Raynauds in my nipples, from the nipple trama. I really have no clue what I could even do, and would love to hear some suggestions. TIA.
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Registered: 07-25-2006
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 9:19pm

Good gracious, you weren't kidding when you've said you've been through a lot. Yikes! ((HUGS)) to you. Quick question, if you were given antibiotics for the mastitis were you taking probiotics as well? Did anyone ever prescribe lecithin for plugged ducts?


Are you using teething remedies to try and cut back on the biting? http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/teething.html


More info here: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/biting.html


It took a while to be able to tell, but after a while I was able to see just before my dd would bite me...she'd get this 'look' on her face, kwim? Maybe you can see something similar?


Try the tips here and follow up, okay?

 

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Registered: 09-24-2003
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 10:08am

Thank you for the reply. I was put on antibiotics every time that I had Mastitis. I didn't know about taking anything along with at first, but quickly started taking Acidophilus capsules as well. The first time I had thrush it got really bad and I had it for months. I tried the creams, but ended up on lots of oral Diflucan for many days. And, that finally did the trick. It is still hard for me to tell when I have it or not. I also have problems with Raynauds and that also turns the tips of your nipples white. So, I just go by the pain that is associated with both (hopefully that makes sense). But, I was never prescribed something for clogged ducts. The biggest reason for that, was because my little one was tongue tied and didn't know how to nurse properly. Once he got the hang of nursing it stopped (thank goodness).

Thank you for the links and I will definitely try some of those things out. Again, the problem is that he is not biting. I have dealt with that for many months and this is totally different. I definitely know the signs for that and he used to do it when he was getting tired. Like he would start to fall asleep and fall off. But, would bite to stay on. He is currently just nursing, but is digging his top teeth only into my nipple. I know that they are just supposed to rest there, but his don't. So, this is not something that I know how to stop. Since, he probably doesn't see anything that he is doing wrong.

Hopefully that makes sense, and thanks again for your reply.

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Registered: 07-25-2006
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 10:52am

Oh, sorry I misread that...it was late last night! This is in the biting link I gave you, but I wanted to make sure you saw it. Perhaps this is more pertinent to your situation?


http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/biting.html#scraping

 

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Registered: 08-13-2005
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 3:17pm

Erica,


Wow, you have been through a lot and you have stuck with it!

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Registered: 09-24-2003
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 3:39pm
Thank you so much for the link and those things do look useful. I will be sure to try some new things out.
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Registered: 09-24-2003
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 3:45pm
Thank you and yes it has been quite the struggle. I have worked with so many LC's and breastfeeding specialists and they are more than shocked that I have stuck it out. My son has Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/agenesis/agenesis.htm . Most kids that are born with this are not able to suck, swallow, and breath all at the same time (similar to premies). So, they told me not to get my hopes up that he would ever do it. Of course he was also born severe tongue tied and that was not discovered until he was 10 weeks old and had completely ripped me apart. ;) That has since resolved and this is our only current issue. I have been trying to get him to get a deeper latch, but have not been very successful. I have also changed his position over the last month or so as well. He used to only nurse in football hold, but since changed him to cradle. It was definitely helpful in the beginning when he started doing this and was breaking skin. So, it allowed me some time to heal in those spots. ;) Thanks again and would love to hear if you have any other advice or suggestions.
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