Did you know that your baby's teeth develop while they are still in the womb? At birth, newborns have a full set of 20 baby teeth hidden beneath their gums!
Although a common concern for new mums, you can absolutely still breastfeed once your baby has teeth. When a baby is attached correctly to the breast, they actually can't bite as their tongue covers their bottom gum and teeth. If your baby is biting, watch to see if it is at the end of a feed when they have had enough, or when they get distracted. If this is the case, try taking your baby off the breast as soon as they are finished feeding.
Generally teeth will start to appear between 6-12 months of age, however, in some babies, their teeth may appear through the gums as early as three months. All baby teeth will usually have arrived by the time your child reaches three years of age.
If your baby is teething you can try gently massaging their gums with a clean finger, or giving them something cold to bite on (such as a teething ring). If your baby still seems uncomfortable it is important to see your GP or health practitioner to ensure there isn't another cause for their pain.
Article written by PBC Expo Midwife Hannah