Teething: Breastfeeding and Baby’s First Tooth

Breastfeeding can offer a lot of sweet cuddle time with your infant, especially in the very early months when baby is all gums.  But once teething begins and baby’s first tooth arrives, you may be nervous about biting while breastfeeding.  From what I’ve heard, this is a common worry among new moms, but if baby does bite while teething, it can be resolved rather easily.

Teething:  Breastfeeding and Baby’s First ToothTaylor started getting her first tooth the day before she turned 5 months.  I must say, she has been very even tempered while teething.  I was expecting many sleepless nights and lots of crying, but she’s handled it like a champ.  The second tooth made its debut just three weeks later.

Taylor chews on anything and everything we put in front of her.  We have been giving her frozen teething rings, which seem to help.  But, oh the drool!  Who knew a little baby could produce so much saliva?!  I use it as an excuse to put her in a different cute outfit!

Taylor did try to bite me while breastfeeding one time and luckily she has not tried it again.  What I’ve learned is that I should be vigilant about when she’s wrapping up a feed and break the suction when she is done so she isn’t tempted to start chewing to soothe her aching gums.  Also, I’ve been told that if your baby bites while breastfeeding, you can take her off the breast, sternly say “don’t bite” or “don’t hurt mommy,” to teach her that breastfeeding will be interrupted if you bite.

Most importantly, enjoy your breastfeeding bonding sessions and your baby’s soon to be toothy grin!

Danah Bordner
New Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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