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DS is almost one and has 6 teeth- 4 on top and 2 on the bottom. I've been battling wounded nipples since they came in and I am fairly certain his latch is too shallow. Right now they are both so sore I want to cry every time we nurse. This morning when he was half asleep, he latched on really nice and deep, and it barely hurt at all. So, how do I get him to latch on like that every time? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">
 

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Anyone? Please?
 

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Sorry, no answers...but I could have written this post myself! My son is 11 months old and has those same 6 teeth and that same shallow latch. Righ now I am at work for 12 hours and pumping. I usually hate pumping, but right now it's a treat compared to nursing my little barracuda.<br><br>
I'm hoping someone can help us!
 

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We did this too... when the latch was too shallow and would just take him off and try again. He got mad a couple of times (although honestly once he was crying he would be so eager he'd latch really good) but got the idea quickly. I found that nursing him while laying down was the worst position so we went back to the sort of traditional position with me sitting up in bed and used the football hold a lot during the day. Actually we did a lot of nursing acrobatics during teething to find a position that didn't hurt his teeth. good luck
 

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Mrsdocmartin,<br>
my heart reaches out to you and I hope that with some experience and passage of time you shall be able to get over this problem. I have nursed three bio-children and two of my co-wife and have had some nasty bitings as also experience of painful nursing with toddlers. Some bite marks have left scars as well. One has to adjust to these occasions; the most commonly suggested thing is to immediately stop nursing and in case of tlddlers try to lay down ground rules.<br>
Uzra
 

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Thanks everyone. No magic solution, huh! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks everyone. No magic solution, huh! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Nope. But if you find one I'd like to know what it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I would just have your DS relatch until it's more comfortable. Eventually DS will figure it out. Or at least find a position that doesn't hurt as much.<br><br>
I would also suggest holding your breast when he latches to give him an optimal angle on the breast. Kind of like back to newborn I fear, but it can help.<br><br>
Check to make sure he is at least getting his lips correct around your breast - mine would curl them in for the longest time. So I had to pop them out with my finger. Doesn't change where the teeth are, but does effect where pressure is going.
 

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It helped me to talk to ds about the pain.. and to insist on relatching until he openned up his mouth big enough. This works at night - I can whisper to him to relatch over and over until the pain is deminished.<br><br>
i also went back to pulling his lips back to expand the latch like I had to when he was 3 weeks
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It helped me to talk to ds about the pain.. and to insist on relatching until he openned up his mouth big enough. This works at night - I can whisper to him to relatch over and over until the pain is deminished.<br><br>
i also went back to pulling his lips back to expand the latch like I had to when he was 3 weeks</div>
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DS is not quite one yet, so I don't think talking to him would work...although I'm sure when he's older it would. I have tried to go back to the basics, but it isn't really working. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DS is not quite one yet, so I don't think talking to him would work...although I'm sure when he's older it would. I have tried to go back to the basics, but it isn't really working. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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It's amazing what they understand at 1. Just because they can't talk to you in complete sentences, doesn't mean they don't understand. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I just pop her off and make her re-latch on. I usually tell her that she needs to open her mouth wider. With my older dd I had to tell her to use her tongue, because she had stopped using it, and that was messing up the latch.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">With my older dd I had to tell her to use her tongue, because she had stopped using it, and that was messing up the latch.</div>
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How did you know this was the case?
 
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