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Everything I've read and heard about teeth and nursing is that the teeth are nothing to worry about (except for biting). When my dd got her bottom teeht a few months ago, I didn't notice a difference at the breast. Now she's 9 months and has 6 teeth - 4 on top. Last week I began to feel those top teeth, and they have become more uncomfortable. It feels like a pinch or scrape when she nurses, and I have little line-shaped bruises on my nipples where her teeth rest when she nurses. She doesn't bite often (She went through a phase a few weeks back), but the bruises and pinching feeling are not comfortable.<br><br>
Is this normal? She has a very powerful suck and is a speed nurser - I don't know if that would make a dfference. It meant that, despte what the LC called a perfect latch, I had blisters, bleeding cracks, and sore npples for the first 4 months of bf'ing. I've just never heard anybody else complain about teeth marks or wounds.<br><br>
Any advice?
 

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I have teeth marks (battle scars <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ) from the same thing. Basically even though baby is not BITING - he is still scraping because with each new tooth his latch changes.<br><br>
I found that EVERY time it hurts, even just a little - you HAVE to BREAK the latch and start over. Even if it upsets baby, even is he/ she is on the verge of sleep. Sometimes I have to break the latch 6-7-8 times just at the start of nursing to make it not hurt. But it is worth it to get it right and not have pain when nursing or worse -- teeth marks all over your boobs!<br><br><br>
If she is actually biting on purpose ever, have your hand ready on the back of her head (this is a Dr. Sears technique and I swear it works) If she bites, try and remain calm, then firmly but gently press her head/ face into your breast. Then say something like "That hurts Mommy" or "Nursies are not for biting!" The action will momentarily cut off her air because she now cannot breathe through her nose. So her reaction will be to let go and take a breath. Do this each time she bites and the connection will be made -- biting = no air. My DS now breaks the latch and finds something else to chew (blankie, finger, whatever) when he is feeling bitey during nursing.<br><br>
Good luck and get some nipple cream <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Becca!!!!<br>
Hey! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I have this happen occasionally also- even now- its a bad latch. So don't suffer it out- break the latch as soon as it feels "toothy" and get the nipple further back in her mouth. It seems sometimes that the older they get the lazier their latch can be sometimes. Uh uh uh.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
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My dd does the same thing. Lately she has done a bit of a clamp down when she is done nursing.....she closes her teeth (not a bite) and pulls off my nipple like that. OW!<br><br>
She has also figured out that she can open her mouth and continue biting when I do the breast smother. She also sometimes presses her face into my breast while nursing.....I like to think of it as the nurse snuggle.<br><br>
Hope you get the teeth dents to go away soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Drat! Now I have to pay atention to latch again? *sigh*<br><br>
Well, I did at her go-to-bed nursing and it was better. I had so gotten used to her taking care of getting latched on correctly. I guess it's back to being attentive again.<br><br>
Thanks for the good advice!
 
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