It is now the 4th and final week of the Breastfeeding Scavenger hunt and I think looking at the most important issue – keeping it up after the first month. The first month of breastfeeding your 1st baby is, in my opinion, by far and away the hardest time you will have in your life (ok maybe I am exaggerating a little but you know what I mean!). Once you have cracked the first month you have been through the worst of it and should have established what works and doesn’t for you and your baby.

If I am honest I never thought I would feed my baby once teeth arrived (for both of them teeth cut through around the six month mark). I stopped feeding my first child around seven-eight months but teeth weren’t the reason we stopped. It was basically because once food came into the equation he wasn’t so interested in milk! Or at least not in the daytime 🙂

My 2nd baby however, I fed until he was around 14 months and had a mouth full of teeth! He did feed during the day for most of this time (as well as eating three meals, snacks etc!). he was a bit of a milk monster!

Anyway, just because your baby has teeth doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding!

Here are some tips to carry on breastfeeding.

  • Again the whole convenience of  breastfeeding when you are out and about is invaluable and topping them up with a quick drink is much less hassle than making up bottles of formula on the go. As some babies can get their first teeth at four months it seems a shame for them to miss out.
  • If your baby does bite you (ouch!) you need to be firm! Stop the feed by gently removing baby. If they keep biting look them in the eye and say “No, that hurts Mummy!”. They will soon realise it isn’t a good idea to upset mummy 🙂
  • Sometimes if they have had enough they may start to “chew” or bite – quickly remove them if this happens! And don’t force them to feed if you don’t think they want it.
  • They may not want to nurse because of teething pain. Here are some NHS guidelines for treatment.

Did you find anything worked well for you? Please leave a comment and share your experiences!

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10 Responses to Breastfeeding beyond the first month – Teething!

  1. My son is now 15 months and I was sore when he first started teething since he changed his latch when he was obviously suffering a little but he was 12 months old before he had ANY teeth! He has just started biting me AND everyone else this week the little monkey. Hopefully it’s just a phase and a short-lived one at that 😀 I hope to continue feeding as long as he still wants it which is most of the day and night and has been since he was born x

  2. Kate says:

    I found sometimes my daughter does bite, but she doesn’t hit that hard. I think it’s when there is a tooth coming though. I’ve tried no, removing etc and they haven’t worked for me. The phase passes and we’re ok again.
    I never knew I would still be feeding at 9 months when she was born

  3. Robyn Logan says:

    I had wanted to breastfeed for a few months, but after spending an afternoon/evening reading wonderful blog posts for breastfeeding week I think I’m more inclined to go with the flow and let baby decide

  4. Samantha Holloway says:

    My breast feeding goals for my next child is to fed past the 6 month mark, hopefully until a year old

  5. Hannah says:

    To keep going till he is ready to stop for as long as that might be

  6. Kristal Jenks says:

    My goal is to nurse until my children are ready to wean themselves, hopefully well into toddler/childhood. My eldest is 4 years and still going strong!

  7. Catherine says:

    Thanks for this post, my daughter is almost 7 months and teething, its becoming quite a challenge! My goal is to breastfeed her until i return to work full time.

  8. Steph says:

    My goal is to feed my daughter for as long as needs me to. She’s seven and a half months now with two teeth and more en route. We have had a few biting incidents and I was quite apprehensive about feeding with teeth. It’s good to hear other people’s experiences as it made me a lot less nervous when the teeth arrived. She doesn’t bite me much but I just take the boob away and say no if she does!!

  9. Hannah Moody says:

    To continue for longer than one month next time 🙂

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