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For months now I have been dealing with latch issues with my 17 month old. It is worse on one particular side. I came here when he was around a year complaining of blisters on my nipple and got some helpful tips which did make a difference for a while. However, now I am basically always dealing with some level of nipple trauma...it gets worse for the weeks up to and after getting a new tooth...then will start to get a little better...then gets bad again.
When he unlatches there are indentations from his top teeth right where the nipple meets the areola. Also the nipple is white and slightly pointed. I've done research on LLL and kellymom, and it sounds like this issue is not altogether uncommon with toddlers. I am pretty sure the root cause is shallow latch...but I am having a very hard time correcting it.
Aside from overactive let down we didn't have any breastfeeding issues during infancy. I saw a lactation consultant a few times early on and his latch was always deemed "perfect" right from the beginning, but ever since he got teeth (around 10 months) we've had problems.
I know that I need him to take more aerola in his mouth, but I'm struggling figuring out how to get him to do this.
Any advice is much appreciated!
Abby, Mom to Matthew (9/14/06) and new baby Annabelle (10/04/09), Wife to Dan