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tibeca 12-04-2012 07:37 AM

Fixing toddler's latch
I am currently tandem nursing my 3 mo and 2 year old. The 2 year old has a HORRIBLE latch and I am constantly having to stop her because I have teeth marks on my nipple. It is quite possibly the worst feeling ever. I am already dealing with nursing aversion, but spending every minute of the feeding reminding her to be soft with her teeth is exhausting and frustrating.

I can't just "zone out" because it is actually painful. Is it possible to fix this latch? I don't know that I can keep going if there's no way to fix this. I don't want to wean because I know she needs this, but she doesn't need mommy freaking out at every nursing session either.

Connor 12-04-2012 01:43 PM

Yes, talk to her. Explain that it hurts and that she needs to nurse correctly. Have her big and wide to latch on so she gets a nice deep latch.

ETA, if she can't nurse where it's comfortable for you, you can set limits. Maybe allowing 2 or 3 sessions a day?

tibeca 12-06-2012 10:01 AM

Re: Fixing toddler's latch
I've been talking to her about it for months. It isn't getting any better. We weaned down to 3 sessions a day while I was pregnant because it was all I could take. I don't want to wean her, but some days, it is so uncomfortable I just think "this is the last time, I won't do this anymore."

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