Well I'm attempting to breast feed and I'm at my wits end. It's hard enough getting a new born to learn to latch properly and not yank off the breast or chomp down when over eager to eat. Yeah now try that with a newborn with two very very sharp teeth.
I want to give up some days he latches perfectly no pain for me. Others like today he can't seem to get a good latch or bites me or scrapes his teeth on my nipples as he pulls off.
I just want to cry my nipples are so sore and hurt so badly. I can't pump only as he A.wont take a bottle B. can't keep my supply up pumping only. I attempted that with my older son and ended up formula feeding at 8 weeks.
I'm having issues bonding with him as well he causes me so much pain that feeding is something I utterly dread rather then being good bonding time for me and him.
I'm looking into getting nipple shields this weekend but till then I don't know what to do. I want feeding to be that great bonding time not me in tears because I hurt so badly.
His latch is amazing once he gets on properly and I have some pain due to how sore I am but once he's latched the pain goes from in bearable to not that bad. Some feedings he latches perfectly no issues others we fight for 3-4 min till he latches well and when its really bad I give up and give him pumped milk in a syringe.
Have you seen a lactation consultant or talked to your pediatrician about the teeth issues? The articles that I read recommended removing the teeth when they interfere with breastfeeding.
On the other hand, Stanford seems to recommend not removing them unless they are mobile: http://newborns.stanford.edu/PhotoGallery/Teeth1.html
You may also want to consult a pediatric dentist.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds