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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