Nursing a Baby with Teeth

Nursing a Baby with Teeth

Written By Schianne

There are few things cuter than a gummy newborn smile. Those little grins and giggles that expose no teeth are just so indescribably adorable. Not only is it cute, but, if you are breastfeeding, your baby’s lack of teeth is also a lifesaver. For the first few weeks of nursing, with your poor, sore nipples, you are likely very thankful that your baby has no teeth and cannot imagine how much worse it would be if she did.

But then the inevitable happens. You begin to see those first little buds sprouting from those gums, and suddenly breastfeeding seems like a dreaded and scary endeavor. Do not fear though; breastfeeding a baby with teeth is not as bad as it may seem to be.

By the time your baby gets her first teeth, her latch should be very well established. Since a baby’s latch should leave her mouth in a nice open and wide position, it is physically impossible for her to bite you. You will notice little to no difference with those first teeth, which will likely be the bottom two center ones.

Once your baby has about four teeth (two on top and two on bottom – perhaps around 6-9 months) you may notice a little difference with the way nursing feels. Again, there should be no biting, but instead you may just feel the slightest scraping of her teeth against your skin and you may have a ring of teeth marks on your breast. But trust me, it looks worse than it is.

Nursing a baby with teeth is easier than you think. As long as she is latched well and you detach when she is done eating (before she gets bored and may start chewing, you will be fine.