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How do I teach my 1yo teething toddler to BF w his gums and not his teeth?  Unfortunately, I still have not been able to meet with my local lactation specialist, so, at this moment, sadly, I'm on my own, and I need kind caring help and support.  The local WIC office gave me a plastic nipple shield to protect my sensitive nipples from my baby's teeth, but I'm having difficulty putting it on my areola properly, though after reading some online comments and discussions, I'm starting to wonder if wearing a nipple shield is beneficial.    Does it help and is it beneficial?  My 1yo lo hasn't shown any signs of weaning, so, I still have a chance and although my supply has diminished, I'm still lactating, thank goodness.  It's a painful long story as to why I'm having difficulties, but for the moment, I prefer to focus on positive solutions.  So, how do I teach my baby to use his gums, and not his teeth, which cut really bad and hurt terribly?  I gently nudge him away and look directly at him and tell him "No!" and to not use his teeth, only suck with his gums, but he laughs or is confused and doesn't understand.  How many times do I need to repeat this and teach him to do this and help him understand?  I miss breastfeeding so very much and I'd like to do so while I still can.    I appreciate your caring kind gentle help and support.  Thank you.

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Around that time, I had the same issue (also, DD always seemed to be cutting a tooth when my period was starting every month so I was extra sensitive) and I started unlatching her, demonstrating how to open her mouth wide, and latching her back on. Repeat multiple times, try different positions and different angles. There was always an adjustment period after a new tooth but she gets the hang of the new latch. Now, at 18 months, she has 12 teeth and, while I can feel her teeth, it's not unmanageable.

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