Breast feeding and teething?

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/10/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old is already starting to teethe. There's nothing popping up yet, but she's drooling like a St. Bernard. I didn't really breast feed my older one because she wouldn't take to it so I'm a novice at feeding. I'm kind of nervous about allowing my baby to breast feed when she does have teeth because I'm afraid that will hurt. Does anyone have any suggestions or reassurances?

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Kristi - posted on 06/10/2011

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In my case, my little boy was a really fussy feeder on the breast but even with that the teeth really don't get in the way, I think its because they don't really use their gums to extract milk. It was a rare thing, even with a mouthful of teeth for him to nip me, though I stopped breastfeeding at 13 months, I don't know if it is worse when they are older

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Michelle - posted on 06/13/2011

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My son got teeth at 10 months, my middle daughter at 6 months, and my youngest is 6 months and just getting teeth. The older 2 were all breastfed a year or more (still going with the little one). Sometimes there is biting and there are some rough days, but most of the time it's fine. Babies can nurse without biting.

Cinda - posted on 06/13/2011

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I'm still nursing my 2 1/2 year old with a whole MOUTH full of teeth. Nursing with teeth by itself doesn't really hurt, just if they decide to bite. The first time they try biting, just IMMEDIATELY remove them from the nipple; loudly & sternly say, "NO!" or "OUCH!"; put the breast away right in front of them. They will cry. Let them for a minute or 2 or 3. Then offer the breast for nursing again. It really works. Most babies learn QUICKLY that biting equals NO BOOBY! My son really never bit me on purpose or very hard, just a couple of times kind of lightly after he'd fallen off to sleep.
But just nursing with teeth doesn't hurt. So don't be scared. I know that's easier said than done when you're going through it for the first time but you'll see. The teeth will break through & you'll never even know it.

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my baby is 10 months old with 6 teeth, i really does hurt when they bite, i just tell her no and stop feeding her, she finally learned not to bite momnmy when i feed her.

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my baby is 10 months old with 6 teeth, i really does hurt when they bite, i just tell her no and stop feeding her, she finally learned not to bite momnmy when i feed her.

Kimberly - posted on 06/12/2011

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my son is nine months and has two teeth and two more coming in he has never bit me. when he latched on wrong i would yelp and he jerked off and since ten he chews on his sippy cup and toys but never me. hope this helps

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 06/11/2011

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Well thanks for all the support and advice. Right now even when she sucks sometimes it hurts and other times she just likes to play. I guess I just want some heads up in the mean time.

Victoria - posted on 06/11/2011

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My son is 16 mo and still nursing. I didn't notice a difference in his nursing when he got teeth. Just had to make sure that if he bit i unlatched him and he learned to not bite mommy anymore.

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Some babies do get teeth rather early, but drooling isn't really a sign of teething. My ped told me it's just part of their oral development.



My son has been drooling, stuffing everything into his mouth, and biting on it since he was around 3 months old, but he didn't get teeth until he was 8 months old. I knew it was teeth then because you could see the outline of the teeth under his gums and they were swollen.



So don't panic yet. Your child may not get teeth until one year old!



My son did bite me when he first got those teeth, but it was a phase that lasted a few days. Maybe he'll bite me again when he gets more teeth, I don't know.

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I was nervous about teeth too. I started looking into ways to prevent biting and what to do if baby does bite. I found this link very helpful:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi...

Some babies never bite. My daughter did go through a biting phase around 10 months. I used the tips from the link and we they worked for us (though it did take a few days). She's 2 and still nursing and we haven't had an issue with biting since. With her top teeth, I do have to make sure her head is well supported or they will leave indentations on my nipples making them sore. Always make sure baby has a good latch and nursing with teeth won't be an issue.

Roxi80mb - posted on 06/11/2011

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my dd got her first tooth at 14 weeks and she has 7 now, at 9 months.she's just starting to bite sometimes but its mostly because she's full and she's sort of playing. i just tell her "no" and take it away from her.and even when she bites its nothing comparing to if she gets my finger...they simply know they're not supposed to bite, they know thats where the food comes from and they're supposed to suck.also , most of the time, first teeth coming through are the bottom ones and in order for them to suck they need to put their tongue on top of them so you're not gonna feel any diference for a while...I wouldnt worry at all

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