My baby now has teeth- I just need reassurance

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/16/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I have 2 girls but I wasn't able to breast feed sucessfully with my 7 year old past 4 months so my 7 month old is really the first one I've been able to breast feed without problems. However her first two bottom teeth just erupted and since she's been gumming my nipple for 3 months on and off I'm a little nervous.

I know that babies don't use their gums at all, but aside from my MIL I don't have much support with breast feeding. I'm adopted so I was bottle fed instead of breast fed and my mom has no experiance with breastfeeding. She doesn't even have to be supportive of my SIL becuase she's bottle feeding. Heck my mom said maybe it'd be time to stop since my baby does have teeth.

So I just need support that this will be ok. Maybe stories. I don't know.

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Merry - posted on 10/20/2011

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Well Eric and his 18 teeth are breastfeeding no biting issues :) between 7-9 months he tried biting me a few times. I was surprised and yelled ouch! He did it maybe 3 times and never since.

Biting is a bump in the road, not the end of the road!

Ania - posted on 10/17/2011

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I guess I got lucky with my son, because he never bit me. When his teeth were coming out though he would squezze my nipple few times and did side to side motion with his jaw....that was a little painful but was also over after few days when they actually cut through. As for support for completely different reasons, because sometimes especially during the first year of breasteeding I was so done at 6 months at 8-9 months, because my baby wouldn't sleep and he was constantly waking and wanted boob and all that....so juust to keep myself from quitting I made kellymom friend on facebook, they always sent out this articles about breasteeding: good stories bad stories, social stories and that kind of kept me going. Even now my son is 20 months and when he stops I will be so sad... On the other hand I'm dreading to start that adventure again with newborn. I guess all I want to say is that you are not alone and this community is here to help

Kimberly - posted on 10/16/2011

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I had no other option then to bf my daughter til she was 18 months(long story) But we did go through a very bad bitting stage. If she was bored or playing around thats when I found I would get bitten the most. Like Sara said give them a cold ring before feed as it helps the gums feel better. If she did bite I would say no firmly and take her away from the breast, wait a min then try again, if she did it again same thing but I would wait a bit longer before putting her back on. We got past it and she soon learned that if she bit then that way it once she was older. People think that its impossible to feed a baby with teeth but it not just a little painful and scarey somedays lol!!!!!! Keep with it if that what you really want to do and if people dont show you the support you need you always have us on here!

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My first did go through a biting phase. I was nervous about teeth too so when she started teething I researched. I found kellymom.com and loved the info there:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi...



What worked for us was if she did bite I would unlatch her and put her down. I didn't say anything because if I did she thought it was funny and I didn't want to give her a reaction to keep encouraging her. I waited 30-60 seconds and then if she was interested we would try again. If she bit and didn't let go I very gently pinched her nose or you can pull her into your breast. This will cause her to immediately let go. I also watched her very closely while nursing. If her sucking slowed or stopped then I took her off. If I let her play then she would eventually bite out of boredom. I also offered a cold washcloth or teether before nursing, or if I put her down when she bit, if I thought the biting was due to teething.



Stay calm, as hard as that is, and be consistent. She will learn that biting=no milk. That link really saved us! I hope it helps put your mind at ease. Biting doesn't have to mean the end of breastfeeding. Good luck!

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I nursed my girls for 15 months. I don't remember them ever biting me, but it was a LONG time ago (they're almost 10).

I know my son bit me, but while it hurt... it wasn't TOO bad. He nursed for 3.25 years. Worse than the infant biting stage was when he would fall asleep w/ a mouth FULL of teeth and his jaw would clamp down if I didn't notice he was asleep and get my nipple out of there fast enough.

It'll be ok!

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Christina - posted on 10/20/2011

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Teresa - My daughter still does that sometimes, its a bit annoying but its kinda cute when they're that passed out on you.

Christina - posted on 10/20/2011

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My daughter, Kalli, turns 21 months on the 21st and we're still breastfeeding! She has all but her 2 year molars and we've had a few nips and bites but nothing I couldn't get through. If/when they bite, take them off the breast, set them down and tell them "no that hurts Mommy" and don't continue the feeding for 10-20mins... do it every time. To date Kalli has only ever intentionally biten me 5 times and only 2 times were out of pure stubbornness. You can do it, just be prepared so you don't accidentally freak out!

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My son has rarely bitten me -- I just stop nursing and tell him "no teeth." Usually he's just being playful.



When new teeth are erupting though, his latch gets weird, and he starts scraping my nipple with his teeth. It's worse than biting, because he's trying to get nourishment, not trying to bite/be playful, so it's really hard to prevent. But just when I think I can't take it any more, it stops. (1-2 weeks)

Anna - posted on 10/18/2011

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Babies do bite but you have to calmy but firmly tell them that it's not acceptable. Say something like, "No, this hurts mommy," unlatch your baby from the breast and walk away for a few seconds. Then come back and try breastfeeding again. Your baby will get the point eventually. Just be careful not to overreact by screaming out in pain because that might scare your baby. My son has 12 teeth with 2 more on the way and we very rarely have any biting scenarios anymore.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/17/2011

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I'm wondering if removing her from my breast when she scratches and pinches at me would make that stop too. So far she's been doing fine, just pulling on my nipple when something happens behind her during feeding time.

Ania, don't worry I'm used to the night feedings, this baby doesn't believe in sleeping through the night on a regular basis and won't take a bottle from her daddy when the fresh stuff is readily available. I had a harder time at 2 months than I do now. Now I know how to do a lay down feeding so we just go back to sleep. My DH is a light sleeper too so he's been fine with co-sleeping from the start.

I've been wondering if the reason my mom isn't as on board with breast feeding is because it's one more thing she couldn't do. My dad got really sick when he was younger so they couldn't have children so that's why they adopted myself then my brother 3 years later. My mom says sometimes she's sad she never got to get pregnant even though she loves my brother and I like her own children. She and my dad are very happy to have 3 grandchildren (my brother and his wife had a baby back in August) and my mom was there for all 3 births and was a big help with both of my labours since my older daughter's father was more concerned with his computer and my baby's dad was in BC when I had to be induced back in NY. I think it's just that she's never breast fed so she has no idea what to say to me to help except that I managed to feed my baby for nearly 8 months and some women don't even make it past 8 weeks. I hope that made sense.

Angela - posted on 10/17/2011

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I breastfed until my daughter was 14 months. When she started cutting teeth she would accidentally bite me. My doctor and lactation consultant told me to say "Ouch! Don't bite" to let her know there would be a negative reaction to her biting and if she bit me again (within the same feeding) to unlatch her and sit her on the floor. That way she would learn that if she repeated that behavior she wouldn't get what she really wanted. After a few minutes I would pick her up and let her latch back on and everything would be fine. I had to do that 2 or 3 times over a weeks time and she never bit me again.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/17/2011

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It's not that bad Brooke, it's just different from how some of your moms may have been. When I was pregnant my mom did support me and tried her best to sympathize with me even though she'd never been through it herself. It's more like a 'I'm here for you, but I don't know what to tell you' kind of thing. She's been in the delivery room for both my girls (I have a 7 year old as well as this baby) and was more help than my older daughter's father was.

I think she just doesn't know what else to say to me. I'm glad I have my MIL up here because she did breast feed all three of her boys. I'll probably end up hearing stories of her being bit soon.

So far so good with me though. Right now all I have to do is tell Lilli not to pinch me.

Brooke - posted on 10/17/2011

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It's okay mommy, yay for you for BREASTFEEDING with no support!!! That's why baby teeth are called "milk teeth"!!! Because you are still nursing when you get them :) Nursing with teeth feels a hit different, and biting can happen accidentally, we have all been through it. You need to find your local La Leche League meeting for support and encouragement.

Katrina - posted on 10/17/2011

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Generally I've found babies bite when they are bored. I would make a loud noise with my first and tap his mouth so he knew what was the problem was, but my second only laughed at me with that approach. I just take it away. I've never been bitten hard, no breaking of skin anything horrible. My most current problem is my ten month old keeping trying to talk with his mouth full.lol. Still I do the same thing; I take away. He's much better after only a few time, he pull off, nicely and babbles before going after it again.

I do still nurse me 10 month old (Who just got 6 teeth in the last month) alot and I nursed my second until he was 20 months. My husband was not completely supportive past the first year although he knew better then to say too much. My mother-in-law was not supportive at all, jumping happily to the conclusion that I would be able to stop with every trail I had even when my first was very little. Luckily I did have my mother. But society makes it hard, especial when around people who didn't nurse. FDA has approved nursing for at LEAST the first 2 years (Which means teeth and some talking). Overall do whats right for you and your baby and it'll all work out.

Jessica - posted on 10/17/2011

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My 5 month old now has 2 teeth and is working on a third. This is my second baby and I nursed my first until she was 15 months old. I had no real issues with biting. This baby is an early teether compared to my first. But no bites so far. I have had lots of people say to me "oh, teeth...I guess you'll have to stop nursing now". Annoying, but I try not to listen to them. I have read many times that if they do bite, remove them right away, say a firm "No!" and give them time away from the breast. I'm sure you will have very few (if any) problems nursing after teeth. Besides, they aren't called 'milk teeth' for nothing! :)

Amanda - posted on 10/17/2011

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My son is 18 months old and cut his teeth at 6 months old. He bit me twice (6 months apart) I firmly told him no, sat him down and didnt nurse him for about 10 minutes. He got the picture and it stopped.

Donna - posted on 10/17/2011

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haha I feel your pain, and have felt it, literally, my daughter is 2 now and just wont give the "babies" up. Everytime she was teething she would gnaw on my boobies and make them sore, them when the pain of teething went away for her thats when everything went back to normal

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 10/16/2011

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Thanks for the replies and advice so far. My mom just doesn't understand because she never went through any of it. The closest to labour she's ever been is in the delivery room. I know my MIL will be supportive of me. And thanks for your support as well.

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