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Old 04-02-2016, 09:23 AM   #1
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Breastfeed through teeth?

My baby is starting to grow teeth, I do not want to stop breastfeeding. What if he bites me?

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Old 04-02-2016, 09:40 AM   #2
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Re: Breastfeed through teeth?

You can still nurse when your baby gets teeth. If they're latching correctly, you shouldn't feel the teeth. Make sure they're getting a good, big latch. Many babies will try out biting and you have to make sure you nip that in the bud so that they don't continue to do it. I try not to have a reaction that could be considered funny by my baby. I say, "No biting!" And then take them off the nipple for a few minutes. They will learn that if they bite, they don't get milk then. Good luck!
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Mine never did, the way they suck their teeth don't really matter or hurt once they com in. If they do bite you you're supposed to end the breastfeeding session and not really react, from what I've read, then they associate biting with not being able to nurse.
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Thanks, that is very helpful. This little man is just so small, I was not shire he will associate.
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Re: Breastfeed through teeth?

As above. Also, it may be uncomfortable for about the first two weeks of each new tooth set coming in, but don't give up it'll go back to being painless.
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You can still nurse when your baby gets teeth. If they're latching correctly, you shouldn't feel the teeth. Make sure they're getting a good, big latch. Many babies will try out biting and you have to make sure you nip that in the bud so that they don't continue to do it. I try not to have a reaction that could be considered funny by my baby. I say, "No biting!" And then take them off the nipple for a few minutes. They will learn that if they bite, they don't get milk then. Good luck!
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I stopped nursing my older son once he got teeth because in was scared. I am hoping to make it work with this baby boy. So glad to have other moms to talk to about this. Most of my mom friends formula feed.
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That would be nice.
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With each of my 3 littles, breastfeeding with teeth was different- but my reaction stayed the same and we all made it through! For my oldest son (2nd child I BF), he had teeth at 3.5 months and I was planning to nurse until a year so I pulled him off whenever he bit and he eventually figured It out. He was young so it took months of consistency until he didn't bite me anymore. You just need to stay the course! I would also say firmly "NO BITING!" and tap his lips so he associated the two. As a toddler he began to bite again and we followed the same route.

I think with most babies they will learn after a few times, but some are predisposed to bite (oral fixation or something sensory related) and so they take more persistence.
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