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UGh. I get so annoyed when people say that nursing a baby with teeth must be hard but this boy is killing me! I thought I had thrush because my nipples were dry and sort of sloughing skin, and itchy. Last night I realized I have these deep indentations on one side, and actual lacerations on the other, where his teeth have come in. This has happened to me before too, but it really, really hurts.<br><br>
I've been trying hard to make sure the nipple is far back in his mouth, and have also been trying different nursing positions so he's not hitting the same spot each time. I've also been using Kerry's miracle salve and Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter, depending on if I am upstairs or downstairs.<br><br>
Can anyone think of anything else I can do? I even tried not nursing him last night to give things a chance to heal but he would have none of it. I also though about nursing him just on the less painful side, but I get plugged ducts really easily, and I think the kids broke my pump when they were playing with it.<br><br>
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You might still have thrush. Open skin is more vulnerable to thrush. Itchy flaky skin is a sign of thrush.<br><br>
Follow thrush protocol. Get some all purpose nipple ointment.<br><br>
Go to kellymom.com for tips on biting/scraping and thrush.<br><br>
Good luck! Sorry you are in such pain.
 

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Thanks, DaryLLL. I looked at the thrush stuff a little while ago, but I don't have any symptoms other than the itchy flaky skin (and the itch is actually gone now) Maybe I should still treat it preemptively, though?<br><br>
Thanks for the kellymom link. I had looked their for thrush, but not for scraping. Do you know that with all the LLL resources I have, I have not seen this really mentioned? Anyway, I'm thinking I need to pay attention to positioning as well as latch. It makes sense, because it does hurt less if I support the breast. I'll try the cool water trick as well.<br><br>
Unfortunately, he's not really old enough for the interactive tips she gives. I am NOT going to take him to the dentist to have his teeth filed down, which is suggested in one of her links.<br><br>
I saw the advice to nurse from the uninjured (or in my case, less injured!) side first, but I am afraid if I did that consistantly I will end up with plugged ducts.<br><br>
Do I need a prescription for the nipple ointment?<br><br>
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Maybe you should.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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If you don't nurse on one side, of course you'd need to pump.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Yes. Look up on KellyMom about the APNO info by Dr. Newman.
 

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Annetemarie, can you hand express? I've found that when I have to only nurse on one side for a short time (like one night) hand expressing is enough to do the trick.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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If you nurse on the uninjured side first, you would still nurse on the injured side afterward. That should prevent getting plugged ducts. The idea is that by the time you switch sides baby isn't famished so he won't nurse so strongly.<br><br>
I used Lansinoh for cut nipples but that should not be used if you truly have thrush. If you think you have thrush, you could try Gentian violet. Have you checked baby's mouth for thrush?
 

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I would look closely at positioning. I get irritated when Luthien's position si bad because it messes up her latch. Also, she tends to clamp down when she falls asleep, thus applying needle-sharp pressure where her teeth are. For that I just break suction and either she stays asleep or re-latches and sucks some more.<br><br>
I've seen good advice on extended breastfeeding to make sure that baby's mouth is clean before nursing, have him take a sip of water or some such. Food can irritate.
 
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