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DD will be 3 in August, so she's still pretty young, IMO.
I think she's forgetting how to latch. She's nursing 3-4 times a day, able to get milk, but her teeth are ending up right where the nipple and areola meet *ouch*
It doesn't help that I'm pregnant and definately have sensitive nipples... but at least 2x a day, i have to ask her to open her mouth wider. After a few seconds, it doesn't hurt, but when she pops off, there are definate teeth marks, and it's sore for a while
The other day, she kept popping on and off and I asked her if there was a hair on the booby (common occurance here ). She said "No, I'm trying to get the WHOLE booby in my mouth."
... so, maybe her molars are coming in?
How do you help correct the latch in a kid that can listen and follow directions? Cause what I'm doing isn't working too well.

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I just said to my 4yo this morning "you have to really nurse... you know, with your whole mouth. It hurts me when I feel your teeth here" and I showed her what I meant. I feel like I do this a lot, but she gets that lazy latch. It seems to be when she doesn't want milk, IME.
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We *might* have it figured out. I told her to stick out her tongue first. Definately helped.

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How far along are you? I'm having the same issue with my kiddo (I'm 15 weeks and she'll be two in November) I wonder if it'll go away soon

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I'm almost 16 weeks...
Hoping this will work itself out soon.
I also read somewhere that a mineral deficiency can cause your nipples to be more sore, so I switched to natural sea salts, epsoms salt baths, blah, blah.
It's tolerable, but the first 15 seconds of latching on is killer. Doesn't hurt again til she unlatches. Of course, even the shower hurts my nipples now, I know the slight bruising doesn't help :

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I'm almost 16 weeks too when are you due? I'm due Nov 1st.

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Dd2 worked with me to correct her latch starting at age 20months or so and it has helped immesurably. Opening mouth wide is the big thing. Dd1 has worked with me a lot to stop the upper teeth biting but it can still be hard. Good position helps a lot--preferably one where her mouth is coming up from under the breast, not leaning from on top. Lying down is sometimes easiest.

I try to remain calm and collaborative. If I am getting cranky from bad latch I take a break. Sometimes I'll go drink water, as dehydration sometimes leads to me feeling cranky about nursing and it hurting. My girls mostly are understanding of this although definitely not always.

So yes it CAN be done. Very challenging at times but possible.

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fwiw
I have gotten really used to teeth marks on top. if they are on bottom too I am in pain.

btw ds is 21 mo

just a thought anyway

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I'm almost 16 weeks too when are you due? I'm due Nov 1st.
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