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Breast feeding and teething

Nancy - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So I have been thinking a lot about the teething process. My son is almost 5 mo. old. First off, I have solely been breast feeding, with bottles of breast milk from my husband while I am at work at night. I have had an amazing experience, with it's ups and downs, of course. But now, he is teething. Does this mean I am going to have to stop breastfeeding? Well, once the teeth start popping. I want to breastfeed him as long as possible. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

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Kristina - posted on 12/04/2008

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I was told, that on eloud yelp will put an end to any biting. Looks like these ladies hooked you up with soem good links, though so I have no more to say. Good luck!!

Zee - posted on 12/03/2008

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Babies don't nurse with their teeth so you don't really have to worry about it too much. Your son may nip you right when he's teething and in that case I would just say ouch, owie, etc, take him off the boob for a few seconds and then let him latch on again. The other poster had great links for extended nursing and biting.

Ashleigh - posted on 12/03/2008

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It's sometimes scary to think about the teeth, but it's no reason to stop breastfeeding. My little guy has 2 teeth, but he has bitten me once, but I don't think he will do it again haha, I just took him off and said No, that hurts mommy, and waited a couple of minutes and then tried again. My son likes to nurse more when he's teething, I guess its comforting to him!

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There are a number of other conversations on this, so check those out, but you absolutely do not have to stop BFing. My son is 23 mo. with a full mouth of teeth and still going strong. Your son will bite you, it's inevitable. But, this is what worked for me. I told my son NO firmly, that hurts mommy. I took him off the breast. Waited a few minutes and then put him back on. If he did it again I told him, No that hurts mommy and can give mommy a big ouchy, took him off again and this time for an hour or more. He learned within one to two times not to do that again or it meant no milk.

Here are some links you may find helpful:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi...
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/tee...
Or just search Kellymom on teething.

Also, as you said you wanted to nurse as long as possible, here is some great info on extended or full term nursing:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/eb...
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/eb...

Best wishes!

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