BF and teething pain, any tips?

Desiree - posted on 11/26/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I'm guessing me and my baby boy are going to have just muscle through this, but does anyone have any tips? Early this morning I could tell it started getting uncomfortable, and by this afternoon he was clearly in pain. I started giving him tylenol which is helping only a little. It was less than a week ago he started with drool, but he's been biting things for awhile.



Is there a predictable pattern with this? If he's in pain today, does this mean the tooth is about to come and then after that will the pain go away?

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Desiree - posted on 11/28/2012

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Thanks so much! I'm so glad I found this forum :) There's so much to learn about breastfeeding.

Lori - posted on 11/27/2012

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I'm so glad to hear he's doing better today. Those days of the LO not feeling good are hard on everyone... especially Mommy! And good for him for seeking out his comfort when he wants it... and good for you for giving him comfort when he wants it too! Keep up the good work mommy!

Desiree - posted on 11/27/2012

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Hey thanks!



He's much better today... I don't know if that tooth is ready to pop through or not, but he's not crying and screaming after a little nursing, thank god! I was afraid that pain would persist on. I guess he was just having a bad day. Yeah, until the obvious gum pain yesterday, he had been nursing more frequently. It's sad to see a baby's normal comfort turn to something painful. :( Poor little guy. He's a boob hound, seeks out nursing for everything, ha!

Lori - posted on 11/26/2012

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Some babies can get their first tooth as early as 4 months, others not until their first birthday. Sounds like you may have an early bird when it comes to teeth.



However with my 2, I didn't really discover any "set" amount of time it took once they showed signs of teething. Some teeth seemed to take months of chewing and drooling and pain, others popped up with very little indication that a new tooth would be showing up. Some babies go on nursing strikes when they are teething, but both my girls nursed more during times of teething.



If it's becoming uncomfortable to you when he nurses, try changing positions. Add a pillow, or flip his feet to the other side. It can take the pressure off of the one spot that begins to hurt.



I also found for teething, that hylands teething tablets worked well for my girls. I also gave them tylenol when it seemed extra bad, and after they were 6 months old, I'd give ibuprofen on occasion too (not recommended under 6 months).

Desiree - posted on 11/26/2012

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He's 3-1/2 months... I might try a bottle, but I figured that would require more sucking action and would feel worse.

Kaitlin - posted on 11/26/2012

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how old is he?

are you able to hand express any milk or use a machine? If you are are, you can try bottle feeding him some breastmilk, sometimes for us it's helped because they can suck more on one side, rather than a whole (admittedly huge) breast.

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