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Nursing When Your Baby Has Teeth

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You might be a nursing mom who is afraid for when your child gets teeth while you're still nursing. Well, I hope this post will help you a bit on easing your mind. 


Well, there's one thing making nursing a bit difficult right now for me, and that is the fact that our youngest now has 7 teeth and 1 coming in right now. She's one year old and has one cup of whole milk per day, but otherwise still nurses 5 - 6x a day. I plan to wean her at the end of the month. 

Lately, which has been the last 2 - 3 weeks or so she has been scraping her newer teeth on me and it's becoming painful, and I know it's not like she means to of course. 

Babies nurse to get milk, as well as for comfort. I can tell though when she's nursing for comfort vs she is hungry. She tends to fall asleep nursing at naptime and bedtime. 

It's just part of nursing sometimes once the baby gets a tooth / teeth, they may sometimes bite or scrape teeth on mommy. One thing that definitely helps after nursing if you're sore if baby lets you feel teeth while nursing is Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve - HPA Lanolin 1.41 oz   that you can get for just $10.99 on Amazon! 

I swore by this product in the beginning of my nursing with her and our third child as a baby when he nursed. It helps a lot with discomfort and relieves pretty quickly in my experience.


Don't let the teeth discourage you though. If baby is biting and is not asleep, you can simply say ouch or no bite that hurts mommy and that may help, or simply unlatch for a minute or two and re-latch. 

9 comments :

  1. Babies tend to learn pretty quickly not to bite their food source! I nursed my oldest for 2.5 years. She bit me only a few times. My 3.5 year old is still nursing and never bites.

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  2. I nursed my daughter until she was 18 months. She bit me and that was the end of that relationship lol.

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  3. I nursed one of my kids for just over 2 years. The teeth were definitely a challenge

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  4. I remember when my kid had teeth, oh boy that hurt sometimes. I heard to flick the cheek, not hard. BUT that wasn't something I think I could do. I nursed for 12 months with the last born so there was a lot of nursing with teeth moments.

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  5. I nursed my youngest till 2 plus and biting was certainly a no no.

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  6. I so remember nursing at this stage with my children. It was tough at first but we managed to get through it!

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  7. Don't let that detouring. Those little teeth can hurt, but a few reminders not to bite and you'll both figure it out.

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  8. I remember people telling me that they stopped nursing as soon as their baby started getting teeth. That stage can be a bit challenging at first but neither of my kids were bitters.

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  9. I have been through this scenario 4 times and you're right. You can get through it and most times just letting them know it was 'hurting mommy' was enough. Great post and tips!

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