Massage her infant’s gums with a frozen wet washcloth.
Use a clean finger to massage her baby’s gums.
Hand express a little milk to get the milk flowing for a hungry baby.
Give her baby an analgesic if it’s ordered by healthcare provider. For some babies, teething is a hard time. Mouth pain can cause them to go on a nursing strike and the mother may wean prematurely without this knowledge.
During nursing mothers can:
Change positions. Be aware of any changes in her baby’s latch and encourage her baby to open wide.
Be aware of her baby’s behavior such as clamping down when falling asleep. She can quickly remove her baby from her breast and offer a cold washcloth or soft teether. Then return to nursing if her baby cues to.
She can rub her jaw in small circular motion before, during and after nursing. This can be very soothing to the baby.
She can encourage her baby not to bite by saying things like “that hurts mommy” or “don’t bite” as she is taking her baby off of her breast.
Campbell, S. H., Lauwers, J., Mannel, R., & Spencer, B. (2019). Core curriculum for interdisciplinary lactation care. Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Dennis, C. L., Jackson, K., & Watson, J. (2014). Interventions for treating painful nipples among breastfeeding women. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (12), CD007366.
Lawrence, R. A., & Lawrence, R. M. (2016). Breastfeeding: A guide for the medical profession (8th ed.). Elsevier.
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