While Breastfeeding

Biting While Breastfeeding

There’s not a breastfeeding mom out there who doesn’t fear the accidental chomp of her baby’s new teeth, which usually appear between 4 and 7 months old. For help keeping the bites at bay, keep reading.

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-Hi, I'm Kimberly Durdin. I'm a board-certified lactation consultant, and I've been helping women breast-feed for over 20 years. I'd like to talk to you about a topic that moms get really concerned about and that's the baby biting them while they're breastfeeding. Sometimes, this is enough to scare women away from breastfeeding altogether. But I just wanna point out to you that you do not have to wean your baby if your baby begins to bite while breastfeeding. So, how do you breast-feed a baby who has teeth? I wanna tell you something. Babies do not use their teeth to breast-feed. That's one important thing to know. So, the baby is biting you while breastfeeding. The truth is, they're not really breastfeeding. They're kind of using you as a teething toy. So, one of the things you wanna learn to recognize with your baby is when they're nursing and when they're just hanging out at the breast. Babies, who are about four to six months old, sometimes older, will usually get their first couple of teeth. And sometimes, their gums are a little irritated and they try to nibble on mom after they're done nursing. So, sometimes... ***CUT DICTATION***