Some mamas think that when baby starts getting teeth, it’s time to stop breastfeeding. Why? It’s the fear of being bit. Don’t let this fear of potentially being bit stop you from giving your baby the best start possible. Be prepared and click here to read an article from the website Kellymom. Kelly gives great tips on how to PREVENT biting and advice on what to do if you get bit. She addresses these concerns:
- Biting at the end of a nursing session
- Biting at the beginning of a nursing session
- When baby is teething
- Distracted baby
- Biting for attention
On average, most babies starting cutting their first tooth at 6 months of age but babies still need all the benefits breast milk offers at least until the first year of life and ideally up to 2 years. The World Health Organization website says, “Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.”
I’ve been bit and it wasn’t fun but my nipples survived and yours will too. There is peace in knowing that biting is a just a phase. Every dark cloud has a silver lining, right? Here was mine: For a short time, my son actually though a little nip here and there was funny. Of course I didn’t agree, but I can still remember that sly little smile on his face and I’ll remember that smile forever.