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Old 09-10-2006, 09:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy Someone please tell me what to do!!! UPDATE AT BOTTOM

Just to preface, DD is 5 months old and has had her 2 bottom middle teeth for about 3 weeks now.

At about 4 this morning she started nursing which isn't out of the ordinary but she usually only nurses for a few minutes then falls back asleep. Well, this morning she was twisting and turning and fussing so I could tell something was up. Then, all of a sudden she bit down HARD. She let go after a second and then started nursing again. Then...half a second later...she bit down AGAIN and it was even harder than the first time! THEN, she pulled her head waaaaaaay back pinching my nipple in her teeth before finally letting go!! It hurt so bad I was terrified to let her eat again!

I got up and took her in the shower with me to distract her from nursing for a while and I assumed that my nipple would start to feel better if I gave it a rest. Well, now it's 19 hours later and my nipple is in so much pain it hurts to have a shirt on. Not only does it hurt REALLY bad where she actually bit, but really that entire breast sort of burns. I had to let her nurse on that side a few times today to release some pressure but I was crying the whole time she nursed because it hurt so bad.

Has this ever happened to anyone else? What do I do?? Thinking about letting her nurse again makes me want to run and hide! HELP!!
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Old 09-10-2006, 10:45 PM   #2
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Re: Someone please tell me what to do!!!

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Re: Someone please tell me what to do!!!

I've never had DS bite down that hard, but he did used to bite when he was that age. I started using a sheild (for multiple reasons) and it did end up helping the biting. It would still pinch when he bit, but didn't hurt nearly as much.
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Old 09-10-2006, 11:04 PM   #4
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I'd try the nipple shields!!

DS doesn't have teeth yet but sometimes he gets ahold of the nipple when he is looking around the room while trying to eat and doesn't let go...it doesn't hurt too bad, but knowing that he does that, now I'm freaked out that he'll probably bite me too!!!! Guess I can prepare myself for that now...
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Re: Someone please tell me what to do!!!

I had nipple shields at one point and they totally didn't work for us so that's really not an option. However, I've been doing some research and I think this biting episode might just have uncovered a larger problem...

I've been having some shooting pains in that breast for about a week now and ever since she bit it I've been in constant pain. Well, according to what I've read I think that points to an infection of some sort (probably yeast). I think I'll call my midwife in the a.m. and ask her about it.

Anyone else have any ideas?! LOL
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Probably infected. I get mastitus only when bitten. I take apple cider vinegar and honey for it, and it works. I would take probiotics for the yeast!

Hope you feel better soon!!
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Re: Someone please tell me what to do!!! UPDATE AT BOTTOM

First of all, OW! I've been there, scared to feed your own child because it hurts so bad.
DS bit the crap out of me and drew blood a few months ago. I had to keep nursing on that side (um, yeah, that didn't feel good at all!!!) but with putting breastmilk on it, lanolin and neosporin, it got to feeling a bit better within a week.
DS has been a biter since before his teeth came in so we've been dealing with these issues for a while.
It'll be ok mama! Keep an eye on her when she's nursing and if you notice that she starts to get nippy at the end of feeding, end the nursing session early. Also, keep an eye on her jaw, when she bites, she has to move her tongue out of the way to do it (kwim?) and you can see her doing that if you're paying attention to her while she nurses.
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Update:

I did the peroxide and neosporin (hadn't read the comments yet and didn't think about drying my nipples out). I was really worried that maybe this wasn't a bite at all and that it was just a bad infection. However, when I poured the peroxide on it vividly bubbled on two very distinct perfect little Presley teeth marks! I also noticed, upon closer inspection, that each tooth mark has matching broken blood vessel/blood blister. I think this is what is causing the shooting pain as I'm not exhibiting any other symptoms of infection. I still haven't heard back from the LC. I really hope she's able to come see me so that she can look at my nipple and make a more accurate diagnosis. I'm in so much pain!!!

P.S. After thinking back carefully to the events that lead up to the biting I realized that DD had a bit of a fever that day and seemed to be having some pain in her right ear. I'm pretty sure that her ear was bothering her again that night and I think that is why she bit me.

Ugh!
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Poor Mama!

At the end of each nursing session, express a few drops of BM and rub it on your nipple then let it air dry before you put your bra back on. BM will help your nipple heal and will keep it from drying out.

I know how bad that biting can hurt. My ds has 6 teeth now and is working on 2 more and MAN those things are sharp! Whenever he bites me (which I've noticed is generally always when he's emptied a breast and is kinda bored just sucking) I unlatch him, make him sit up and say "NO BITING!" very firmly, and take my index finger and press his bottom lip in on his bottom teeth, not so much it hurts, but just so he understands that his teeth = biting and that it's not good. He usually cries the most pitiful cry when I unlatch him, but after a hug I let him go back to nursing. Three bites and he has to stop for a few minutes, though. We rarely ever get to 3 bites in one session now.

Good luck mama~ That definately does sound like yeast to me with the shooting pain. Eat lots of yogurt or take probiotics and cut your sugar out.

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Old 09-11-2006, 02:22 PM   #10
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If you have a pump and heating pad, put the heating pad on that size for 10 minutes or so and then pump. Will she take the other side..if so, nurse that side while pumping the other.

I ended up with an infection while on vacation. Rather than just visiting the ER, I did the heat compress and pump the entire time. She nursed the "good" side until I got home. Funny part was that by the time I got home, my body had beaten off most of the infection on it's own and didn't need meds. But I can definately remember that pain. It was horrible.

As for biting, I found they usually only do it when teething or when they are done. I never found the shields to work and ended up dealing with the occasional pain when I missed the warning signs of fullness.
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