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My child is 2 years old and nurses to sleep for his daily nap
and to sleep at night and a few times during the night. The
problem is that my nipples have been so sore lately. It's not
the front teeth, he's had those for sometime and I am quite
used to it. I was wondering if anyone knows why all of the
sudden I would hurt. I nurse him to sleep while he lays
down next to me.
Is it possible that the mild is drying up and so it's a suction
thing? I still hear him swallow and see milk on his mouth
I'v put some Lansinoh on, but I want the hurting to go away.
Any advice would help.
I had that same problem. I had comfortably nursed my child for
a long time and then all of a sudden by nipples started hurting
alot. It turns out I was pregnant. Could you be pregnant again?
A Happily Surprised Mama
When my daughter was 2 and my nipples suddenly became sore, I was
sure it was her nursing that caused that. Then I found out I was
pregnant. If that isn't your situation, perhaps you have a fungus
that's irritating your nipple.
The most likely explanations are (1) you're pregnant, or (2)
you're about to have a visit from Aunt Flo. I hope at least one
of those options might be good news for you!
It's also possible that you and your son have just gotten sloppy
about his latch position. Try going back to the positions you
used when he was a newborn and see if that helps.
Holly (also nursing a 2yo)
My sons also nursed to sleep until ages 3 and 4. I remember a
phase when I found the sensation extremely annoying (not sure
if this is your interpretation). What I would do was to count
to 60 then unlatch him, then count again then get out of bed
gently (to not wake him). Sometimes I would have to count
several times, or I might end up falling asleep. I think you're
right, it has to do with hormonal changes as you go to a lower
level of milk production. Towards the end of their nursing
careers, I found I could no longer express milk, but when asked
if milk came out, they said yes. I'm glad I stuck with it until
they decided to wean naturally. I hope your soreness is just a
phase and you can continue this special time in both your lives
until you are both ready to move on. Also, you will find great
support by contacting your local LaLeche League leader and
I wish you the best
Could you be pregnant? Although I did not feel soreness in the
nipples till a couple months into my first pregnancy, with
pregnancy #2 I felt soreness while nursing for a week or so
before I even missed my period.
I had to stop nursing my 2 year old as soon as I became pregnant
with #2. I had never had sore nipples before and suddenly it
became unbearable to continue to nurse.
Could this by any chance be what has happened to you??
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