Being a breastfeeding mama can have its challenges. Once you get through one obstacle – whether it be mastering a great latch or getting through another cluster feed or growth spurt – then bam something else is ready and waiting!
One of the most common challenges many mamas like me face when breastfeeding an older child or toddler is teething. The teething phase can be daunting for many breastfeeding parents but it really doesn’t have to be. It also doesn’t mean the end of your breastfeeding journey.
The teething phase can be daunting for many breastfeeding parents but it really doesn’t have to be.
There’s a common misconception that when your baby is teething that you need to start weaning. I’m here to say keep boobing and I want to share some of the simple tips that have helped me through the fussy teething stage.
Do you have a teething baby? Or a biter? Or both? Read on if so!
My 5 tips for breastfeeding when you have a teething child
1. Ensure your baby is always latched on well to the breast/chest when feeding. When your baby is properly latched on and feeding they cannot bite. When your baby is feeding their tongue is covering their bottom teeth so they would be biting their own tongue. You might find it useful to try a new position to help get a better latch.
2. Look after your breast/chest during the teething phase. Sore gums and erupting teeth can cause havoc on the latch of your little one. During this time there may be a higher chance of experiencing sore nipples, blocked ducts, or even being bitten. For this reason, breast care is super important. If you’re experiencing sore nipples, for example, use some nipple cream to soothe them. In the event of being bitten, clean your breast with soap and water.
Sore gums and erupting teeth can cause havoc on the latch of your little one.
3. Make eye contact with your little one whilst they feed. Making eye contact is super helpful because it allows you to stay vigilant when it comes to watching out for any cues that baby may bite. We often preoccupy ourselves during feeding sessions and then wonder why we got bit.
4. Have a teether at hand before and after feedings. They will then begin to understand the difference between when to feed and when to chomp down. A teething toy, such as a teething ring, can give your little one’s gums some relief from teething pain.
5. Don’t be alarmed if your child starts feeding like a newborn again! It’s a phase and it shall pass. Feeding gives them comfort and relief during what is an uncomfortable time for them.
Disclosure: This is a breastfeeding mothers own account of breastfeeding and teething. Please seek the help of a medical or lactation professional should you need it whilst breastfeeding.
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