On Teething, or “Don’t Bite The Boob Feeds You”

My baby girl is what our pediatrician calls, “Advanced.”

dancing-baby

She could hold her head up the day she was born.  She was rolling from tummy to back at 1 month, back to tummy at 3 months, and she’s well on her way to crawling at 4.5 months (lord, help us).

Another early physical milestone: TEETH.

For easy reference, I’ve provided this tooth eruption chart from Orajel’s website.

teething-chart

Alana has both of her lower central incisors. She’s had them for about a month.

Most babies don’t get their first tooth until 6 months, or sometimes later! So, to have 2 teeth before 4 months…it’s not very common.

As you can probably imagine, teeth and breastfeeding aren’t exactly compatible. It’s not that they can’t coexist; there are just adjustments that need to be made. And typically, those adjustments are easier to make with a 6+ month old who has a slightly better understanding of cause & effect reprimanding. Plus, at that age, pediatricians give the thumbs up to start solid food, so at least the boob isn’t the only source of sustenance.

Thus, my predicament…

baby-biting-2

Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the forgotten brilliance of this 90s gem, Dinosaurs?

Believe me when I say I am way proud of my “advanced” girl…But mommy never wanted a nipple piercing.

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