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Nursing a Teething baby

Posted Jun 09 2009 12:17pm

Teething sucks, plain and simple.  Teething a nursing baby can be a really trying time.  Babies can often feel pain trying to nurse while they are teething.  Make sure to have orajel handy.  It seems like with my son, nursing is the only time I need to use the orajel.  When I go to nurse him and he pulls back and cries, I know his gums are hurting. I give him some orajel and a few seconds later he’s tached on and nursing.  However, there are a few occasions where he doesn’t want to nurse.  Keep this in mind, sometimes teething babies seem to go on a nursing strike.  Babies won’t let themselves starve so if your baby just refuses to nurse a few times, don’t be overly concerned.  Your baby will most likely be over the pain and anxious to nurse soon.  You can also try giving your baby a little pain reliever such as Tylenol and then trying to nurse again in about a half hour.

Once a tooth finally cuts through, a whole new problem accurs.  Yes, your sweet baby might bite your nipple. Ouch! It shouldn’t happen often and will happen less if you can nurse in an area where it is rather quiet.  Any loud sudden noises could make your baby chomp down.  Also, if there is movement and your baby turnsit’s head to watch, biting can happen.  There are things you can do to deal with the biting such as telling your baby no. All in all you should be able to get the biting under control. Good luck!

This is a post from Baby Nursing Blog

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