Everyone knows it happens - the drool, the crying, the teething rings, infant Tylenol. All being the tell-tale signs of teething. It's a new phase of motherhood. A phase I lovingly have begun to call salt-water-taffy-nipples.
Recently, during a trip to visit my parents, my mother watched lil' man and commented on how rough he was while taking a bottle - practically chewing on the bottle nipple. She made a remark about how swollen his gums were and how much that would hurt me. Umm...yuh-huh....I'm aware.
I love nursing. I have exclusively been breastfeeding lil' man since he was born. It's been amazing. When I was pregnant I knew teething would come, however I was just considering the long nights of crying....not nipples that become chewing gum for my adorable baby. Who knew it was possible for nipples to stretch that far? Yeah....not cool.
I have made it this long nursing; I am determined to stick this out. I've made it through all the long nights at the beginning. I've made it through a bout of mastitis. I've made it while working full-time, pumping twice (or more) a day. I've made it through the stage of being soaked in milk in public. I've given up caffeine and nuts (upset lil' man). With the exception of a few times, I haven't really drank alcohol in 9 months of pregnancy plus six months since William was born.
I will make it through this.....nipples intact hopefully.
I'm completely open for any suggestions, mommies out there.