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Donna Murray, RN, BSN

Teething and Biting

By August 18, 2012

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Many moms wonder if they will still be able to breastfeed once their baby begins to get teeth. The thought of teething and biting is often a concern, but it doesn't mean you have to wean your baby.

Not all babies will bite, but if it does happen there are steps you can take to help prevent it from becoming a problem.

  • Biting and chewing help to relieve some of the pain from irritated, swollen gums when your baby is teething. Give your baby a teether between feedings and rub his gums just before you nurse. This will relieve some of the irritation and help prevent your breast from becoming a teether.

  • Nurse your baby in a quiet area away from distractions. When babies get distracted they will sometimes bite down on the breast to keep it from falling out of their mouth as they move around.

  • Once the feeding is over, take the baby off of the breast. Babies will often bite if they begin to fall asleep or remain at the breast after a feeding.

  • If the baby starts to bite, stop the feeding and firmly say "No". Try not to react too strongly, though, you don't want to scare him.

Breastfeeding when your baby begins to get teeth can be a little scary, but nursing can continue from the first tooth until your baby has a full set of teeth and beyond.

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