As said, baby is 8 months. Has been nursing really well since birth, also bottle fed by caregivers during the day, mostly milk, a little formula when my work schedule doesn't permit 15 oz of pumping - always pump at least enough for 10 oz (two bottles) during the work day.
SO anyway, baby is sick. He has a terrible cold, his nose is stuffed and I also think yet another top tooth is coming in.
He seems to be an early and intense teether compared to my first who I think only had two bottom teeth at this age. DS2 has three on top, two on bottom and I would wager at least two more are coming in with this cold/sickness. Fun!
So he has been biting me HARD, with these shark teeth. To the point of drawing blood on occasion.
And I am afraid to nurse him.
It was one thing when he was tooth free and would sort of clamp down with his gums, but this is really really bad.
For example, he just went down for his morning nap, and I tried to nurse but after afew sucks, he bit down... and I pumped a bottle and now DH is putting him down.
I am so freaked out that I am going to screw up our nursing relationship before either one of us is ready to stop.
I am not sure what to do.
DS1 never did this. He nursed happily and without a bite until he was 2. I am feeling really emotional about it, like I've done something wrong, and I think something will be wrong if I don't nurse any more today - I will be pumping to keep up the supply as much as I can but that seems like a temporary solution.
Thanks for any help.
The whole "pull in if he bites" strategy will NOT work by the way. There's no way my body can handle that pain. And it seems like if he bites once, he will probably bite again during a session.