tips for breastfeeding teething babies

Tips for Breastfeeding When Baby Starts Teething

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that babies should receive breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life.  After that, it is recommended to incorporate nutritionally adequate and safe foods in conjunction with breast milk for up to two years of age or beyond.  Since the average developmental teething milestone occurs between two and six months of age, you may be interested in tips for breastfeeding when baby starts teething.  Every child experiences teething differently. Some experience slight discomfort, where the teething experience remains unnoticed until the tooth emerges.  Other children might experience inflammation of the gums, expressing discomfort throughout the teething process. You can still offer breast milk to your baby when they are experiencing irritation while teething.  There are a few ways to thwart the teething complication while breastfeeding. 

First understand that an infant must stop sucking in order to bite down, which may occur at the end of a feeding session indicating baby is finished nursing.  If your child bites down during a feeding session, it is recommending to discontinue nursing for about 15 minutes.  The idea is to communicate to your infant that biting may end the feeding session prematurely.  Providing your baby with a cold teething toy before feeding could also provide alleviation and minimize your child’s urge to bite while nursing.  Some mothers have found success by inserting their finger into baby’s mouth while offering the breast simultaneously.  You can always consult your physician, pediatrician, or lactation consultant on other ways with which to conquer the teething phase of life without forgoing breastfeeding.   At this juncture, many moms rely more heavily on breast milk expression by way of pumping to sustain full term breastfeeding.   

A breast pump is considered a preventative benefit through the Affordable Health Act, Women’s Health Mandate.  To find out if you qualify for a free breast pump through insurance, please fill out our  Qualify through Insurance form.  You will save time and money by utilizing the services of an Aeroflow Healthcare Breast Pump Specialist.  These professionals will work with your insurance carrier to determine your specific policy benefits, then communicate those details with you within five business days.  You can also utilize the expertise of these professionals to gain product insight, and determine a breast pump right for you.  Aeroflow Healthcare offers a range of industry leading breast pump brands. Fill out our online Qualify form today to see if you’re eligible to receive a free breast pump!

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