Duh Nuh Duh Nuh………….Duh Nuh Duh Nuh. (come on, you know you just read that out loud).
You know they’re coming. You’ve heard all the severe warnings from well-intentioned friends and family. You’re scared of what’s to come, but know you’ve gone too far to turn back. Shark-infested waters, you ask? Noooooo - a breastfeeding baby who has grown TEETH!
Somewhere around 6-8 months (sometimes earlier, sometimes later), your baby’s first tooth will erupt. This is most likely an event you will celebrate, both because of the milestone that it is, but also because it may be a temporary break from the cranky, drooly, mouthy baby who replaced your own sweet one a couple of months back. There are lots of symptoms that point to teething, but the most common ones are: red and swollen gums, increased irritability and drooling, sleep disturbances, and low grade fevers. Your baby has most likely learned that chewing or gumming on items helps ease the pain and will try to cram everything within reach into his/her mouth. As that tooth begins to emerge, there may be some small worries creeping in on your excitement about this next stage. What will it be like to breastfeed a baby with teeth? Will my baby bite me? Some moms will find that they do start to feel the baby’s teeth while nursing - baby may scrape teeth across nipple when latching or delatching. And yes, sometimes the baby will bite.