From the minute that first tooth broke through the gums – ridiculously early at just 3.5 months – I have feared this day. Teeth are nothing new to us, as Cullen was such an early teether. The first two bottom teeth came through almost simultaneously, and then we had a few months with no real teething action.
Last month, all four top teeth suddenly broke through together. This led to a lot of tears from both of us. Now my toothy baby has a smile full of pearly whites – adorable, but also somewhat scary. I knew it was only a matter of time.
Two days ago it finally happened – he chomped down while breastfeeding, causing me to scream and him to…laugh. It has happened a few times since. During regular nursing, Cullen still has a wide latch and and while I can feel the teeth there, he’s not biting down and it’s not painful. Toward the end when he’s finished nursing though, he has started nibbling and biting and it is PAINFUL!
The first time he did it I was sort of stunned. I immediately pulled him off, looking him right in the eyes and in my stearnest voice said NO. He looked back at me and broke into a huge smile. He thought it was hilarious! The last thing in the world I want to do is turn this into a game.
Any moms have advice for how to handle biting and breastfeeding? My plan is to breastfeed him for at least a year, and I’d prefer not to switch to bottles (out of sheer laziness). Our feedings have always been my favorite time of day, but now they are feeling a bit scary!