Teething is the pits! Many times, causing moms to second guess their milk supply with a dash of fear of being bitten. 🙋🏼
Sleep regression, increased feedings, and fussiness are more often than not (if breastfeeding has been going great) is from discomfort and teething pain rather than a decrease in milk supply. Offer comfort and feedings at the breast, essential oils, teether (@littleteether - use sarah15 for a discount), frozen breastmilk cubes to chew on, and lots of snuggles to get through those tiring tough days.
Chewing and breastfeeding use two different techniques from baby so feedings so not involve chewing. However, this is a great time to introduce nursing manners to promote positive nursing behaviors from baby. Be sure to take note of active sucking versus boredom sucking as boredom sucking can easily turn into "playing with the breast and nipple" and accidentally turn into a bite. If baby does bite and break skin, be sure to clean properly to decrease risk of infection.
Hang in there tired mamma, this phase too shall pass. Grab an extra cup of coffee, find a new show on Netflix, and give yourself a little grace as you battle through the teething tears and fussiness. You got this!!