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What does it feel like to breastfeed when a baby has teeth?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Milder
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ouch
Being a guy, i guess i'll never know but it sounds painful!

In brief: Ouch
Being a guy, i guess i'll never know but it sounds painful!
Dr. David Milder
Dr. David Milder
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Dr. David Mcnay
Dentistry
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In brief: Dangerous when
Teeth on a nursing child are only dangerous if you are not teaching your child not to clamp down.
Otherwise most babies have already learned to use their upper lip and tongue as the suction makers and the teeth don't come into play. Best of luck though!

In brief: Dangerous when
Teeth on a nursing child are only dangerous if you are not teaching your child not to clamp down.
Otherwise most babies have already learned to use their upper lip and tongue as the suction makers and the teeth don't come into play. Best of luck though!
Dr. David Mcnay
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Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Pediatrics
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In brief: No difference
The way a baby latches to the breast, the tongue covers the teeth and you won't feel any difference.
Some children, as the flow slows down at the end of the feeding, may slide off the nipple and bite. If you experience this, you can be proactive and take the baby off before that happens. Biting is not a normal part of breastfeeding and teeth rarely become and issue in the way it feels.

In brief: No difference
The way a baby latches to the breast, the tongue covers the teeth and you won't feel any difference.
Some children, as the flow slows down at the end of the feeding, may slide off the nipple and bite. If you experience this, you can be proactive and take the baby off before that happens. Biting is not a normal part of breastfeeding and teeth rarely become and issue in the way it feels.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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In brief: Breast feeding
It sounds to me more like it is time for real food along with milk in a glass (or breast milk in a glass or bottle).

In brief: Breast feeding
It sounds to me more like it is time for real food along with milk in a glass (or breast milk in a glass or bottle).
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
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In brief: Hurts!!
Take the baby to the pediatric dentist.
He/she can smooth the edges of the baby teeth so it won't be so traumatic.

In brief: Hurts!!
Take the baby to the pediatric dentist.
He/she can smooth the edges of the baby teeth so it won't be so traumatic.
Dr. Santiago Roldan
Dr. Santiago Roldan
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Sorry, no way. Unless they baby teeth are unusually sharp hey should not be "smoothed" or altered in any way.
Dr. Thomas Mchugh
Dentistry
In brief: Breast feeding
If your baby is over 6 months old, you'll find out soon .
My wife breast fed both our girls and she was gently able to stop them from biting and she continued to breast feed for many more months.

In brief: Breast feeding
If your baby is over 6 months old, you'll find out soon .
My wife breast fed both our girls and she was gently able to stop them from biting and she continued to breast feed for many more months.
Dr. Thomas Mchugh
Dr. Thomas Mchugh
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry
In brief: Usually not harmful
Rarely painful, but it could be a problem if a real bite is experienced.

In brief: Usually not harmful
Rarely painful, but it could be a problem if a real bite is experienced.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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In brief: Watch out for biting
Breastfeeding should still be well tolerated but you may be faced with the occasional bite.
If you say "no biting" and stop the feed immediately, most babies learn to stop biting.

In brief: Watch out for biting
Breastfeeding should still be well tolerated but you may be faced with the occasional bite.
If you say "no biting" and stop the feed immediately, most babies learn to stop biting.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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