Breastfeeding is the process of providing the best nutritional intake to support the growth and development of infants. In addition, breastfeeding is also a way to build bonding between mother and baby so that both can continue to be bound in a feeling of mutual ownership until later.
Because of the importance of breastfeeding, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), and the Indonesian government are promoting exclusive breastfeeding programs. This is a program to provide breast milk as the only intake of infants in the first 6 months of life.
Benefits of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding provides many benefits, both for mothers and babies. Some of the benefits that can be obtained by babies thanks to breastfeeding, including:
- Get a balanced and complete nutritional supply, including antibodies
- Protect babies from viral and bacterial infections
- Fight allergies
- Reducing the risk of obesity or overweight
- Optimize the rate of brain development of the Little One
- As for mothers, breastfeeding also provides benefits in the form of:
Prevents bleeding after delivery
- Reducing body weight during pregnancy
- As a natural contraceptive, which is able to prevent pregnancy in the near future
- Reducing the risk of cancer
- Establish an emotional relationship (bonding) with the Little One
- Breastfeeding is proven to provide many benefits for both mother and baby. However, these benefits can disappear instantly if the process of breastfeeding experiences obstacles. One of the most common obstacles complained of is breastfeeding in new teething babies.
Usually, at the age of 4-7 months, the baby will experience the process of teething first teething growth. This condition is usually characterized by the frequency of crying more often, more drool, biting toys or hands and experiencing a fever. All of these things can interfere with the process of breastfeeding the baby.
Not to mention, while teething, babies also tend to bite the nipples of the mother’s breasts and cause discomfort. Babies become more fussy and suckle more often or just don’t want to suckle at all.
So, what to do? Is there a solution to breastfeed a baby who has just teething?
Breastfeeding a baby who is teething
The process of breastfeeding must continue even if the baby is experiencing first tooth growth. To get around so that the breastfeeding process continues smoothly, the following tips you can apply:
- Give teether or a cold towel to bite the baby before and after breastfeeding. The use of this object is to relieve swelling and pain in the baby’s gums.
- Apply gentle massage to the baby’s gums before suckling.
- If your nipples hurt or feel painful, adjust the position of the breast to stay comfortable.
- Remove a little milk to wet the nipples before the breastfeeding process begins.
- Try to keep breastfeeding your baby even if he refuses. Do not forget to pump breast milk regularly to maintain optimal production of ASI.
- Consult your doctor if your child has a high fever or other symptoms of teething that interfere.
Teething process can occur long enough. Therefore, it is important for mothers to keep trying to give ASI to the little one in order to optimize growth and overall body health. If you are really overwhelmed to breastfeed a baby who is teething, you should immediately consult this doctor or lactation consultant.