This post is sponsored by Dents de bebe, but all opinions are my own.
After I had my first daughter, people often looked at me with disgust with they found out I continued to breastfeed a teething baby.
She was only 6 months old, and I wasn’t ready to give up breastfeeding, but I had to adjust some things to help her through the teething process without getting bit.
Now that I’m breastfeeding baby #3, I’ve had to adjust greatly. My son (unfortunatly) is a chronic biter!
He’s 11 months old, and I want to at least make it to a year of breastfeeding successfully, but teething is rough this time around!
Here are a few tips to help you continue to breastfeed a teething baby:
Wear a teething necklace
My son loves to use his teeth on EVERYTHING.
He’s bitten a hole in my p.j shirt, chews on books, and the worst thing—bitten me while nursing.
Most of the bites have happened as he was falling asleep and was grinding his teeth. I try to pull away before he completely falls asleep, and sometimes have to squeeze his face if he’s already chomped down on me.
Since he likes to try out his new chompers on any and everything, to help myself, I wear a Dents de Bebe teething necklace.
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Use Essential Oils
Copaiba has been my best friend. It can be used diluted in a roller bottle and rolled on the gums, or if you feel more comfortable with oils, you can put a small drop (neat) directly on your baby’s gums.
Teething is such a painful process for little ones, and many teething remedies have been recalled which makes finding a pain reliver difficult for parents.
I like using all natural remedies as much as possible. I love Young Living Oils. Their seed to seal guarantee ensures that their oils are pure and aren’t filled with synthetics or cheap fillers. If you are ready to dive in, I’d love to help you on your wellness journey! All you have to do is click here.
Invest In Your Own Wellness
When babies are teething, they are often irritable, sleep less and require more of your energy and attention. If you aren’t getting enough rest (when you can) and taking care of your body, the teething process can wear you out.
If you are struggling to get back on the wellness track during the postpartum period, don’t be afraid to ask your spouse or friend to keep the baby to give yourself a break.
Many mothers feel guilty about having “me time” after the baby. Without a little time away, regrouping can become difficult. Be kind to yourself as you are bouncing back.
If you are feeling down and can’t seem to shake it, or having feelings of harming yourself or the baby, please consult your physician.
Don’t Give Up If Your Baby Refuses to Nurse
Keep in mind that teething feels like a terrible toothache.
Would you want to eat or drink if you had a toothache? Because breastfeeding is as much of a bonding experience as it is for nourishment, it is common to feel defeated if your baby refuses to nurse. Remember to pump if your baby is refusing multiple feedings. This will ensure that you can keep up your supply.
Remember, if all else fails, fed is best. If you cannot keep up with the demand of your baby, or you simply cannot produce anymore, that doesn’t make you any less of a mom.
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