Posted By: April Picon
With her baby due any day now, April is equal parts excited and nervous.
I remember those initial weeks breastfeeding. They say that it isn’t supposed to hurt, which is true if you have a proper latch, but with a new mom and new baby an improper latch is bound to happen and when it did, I’ll admit it I saw stars. I had cracked, bleeding nipples and that together with engorgement made those first days pretty painful. I remember just wanting to walk around topless at that time – ha!
Those days seem like forever ago because now, Aiden and I are breastfeeding ninjas! We nurse anytime, anywhere and it is completely painless. I fall asleep while he nurses at night, I can check email, read a book, or just gaze adoringly at him – it is wonderful! I really didn’t expect to LOVE breastfeeding this much but I do, I really do. So why am I reminded of those first painful weeks now? Last night, Aiden decided to BITE and once again I saw stars.
He’s been “teething” since he was about two months old though now at 6 months, he has no teeth yet. I know that it is getting more and more uncomfortable for him as he is constantly gnawing at everything in sight; he has trouble sleeping and is even pretty congested at night. I feel so bad for him but last night my vampire baby just bit me! He has no teeth so it shouldn’t hurt right? Guess again! Ouch!
I’ve read a lot about nursing strikes because Aiden had a brief one for about 24 hours a few months back when we introduced the bottle and I know that screaming out in pain could be traumatic for him and our nursing relationship so I didn’t scream. I just gasped and looked at my husband with wide eyes and he said “what happened?” I unlatched Aiden and told him that really hurt Mama and he thought this was hilarious of course.
So now, I am kind of nervous about these teeth coming in… a bite with teeth will be so much worse than the “gummy” bite I got last night and I really, really want to continue my nursing relationship with Aiden for as long as possible. Do any readers have advice about biting and how can I teach Aiden that biting mama just isn’t cool? HELP!9:00am on Tuesday November 8
You are doing great! My son and I have now been nursing for over 12 months and counting...you and Aiden can do it! :-) Since its not intentional (gladly), it to shall pass as we know...the pain cannot be compared to the love shared at least from my experience. Happy nursing!!
This is exactly what we are going through right now. My son is five months old and those teethless bites are quite painful. I don't know what to do either....