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How can I help my 2yr old get her latch back to something I can tolerate?<br>
I have a 26mo DD whose latch has changed drastically for the worse and I can't seem to explain to her how to correct it. Neither of us are ready for weaning and the stress and anxiety around nursing is causing a horribly negative association. I'm afraid we are on the fast track to a traumatic early weaning.<br>
We have both been brought to tears every time I've tried nursing her around bedtime for the last week. At night, I've moved the nursing earlier in the routine and in the living room instead of in bed and that seems to be helping a little bit - mostly because the change of venue lets me focus on something other than the teeth grinding my nipple. But, during nap, this really isn't an option, as she has always nursed fully to sleep during nap time and I think she will just probably not nap if she doesn't nurse to sleep.<br>
Our relationship otherwise seems to be hurting too. She is overall very angry and frowns at me constantly during the day. I can't help but feel as though I am letting her down <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I've worked so hard to keep our nursing relationship going, and soothing and positive. I would be so very disappointed and angry with myself if she weans out of anger and frustration.<br>
Any help is greatly appreciated.<br>
Amber
 

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Can you show her how to open wide and stick out her tongue and have her imitate to latch? Is the problem teeth or not opening wide enough of something else?
 

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It is a little bit of both teeth and latching really low on the nipple. I've shown her the marks her teeth have been leaving, and I've asked her to open big, but I didn't know to direct her to stick her tongue out. I will try that.<br>
She is SO sensitive to me making any sort of suggestion or correction... it is so sad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Since you mentioned she has become very sensitive to you correcting her, have you considered seeing a LLL leader or LC to help the two of you? Your DD might be more receptive to another person. Or, turn it into a game or song about latching as removing the stress/anxiety might help DD relax more and get a better latch.
 
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