Biting Babies

Kirsten - posted on 12/08/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old daughter has really taken to gnawing on me while nursing. I've started to slap her hand and unlatch her for a few minutes before trying to nurse again. Does biting mean that they aren't interested in eating or are they just trying to relieve the teething pain? Any advice on trying to break her of this habit?

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Madelyn - posted on 12/08/2009

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I agree with Kristen...My daughter nursed until she was 6 months when she started biting it was because i was not producing enough milk. So i transferred her to bottles and after 6 month of that she would tear apart the nipples from biting them and she's been on sippie cups ever since...Good luck every one is different..

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I find that most of the time when my son bites me it is because he is done nursing or upset about something. You can try taking her off the breast a little earlier. Or, I know this sounds nuts, but instead of taking her off when she bites push her face into your breast so that she has more of it in her mouth. It works better than the pull off method I think because when I pull my son off he just bites even more.

Sammi - posted on 12/08/2009

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im not sure but i am also breastfeeding my 9 week old daughter who isnt teething yet but still bites down really hard, its painful as it is so i am dreading when she starts to teethe!

Madelyn - posted on 12/08/2009

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i heard if a child bites while nursing its because they are teething. And that there not interested in eating at that time. Try using a teething ring until she's about to nurse and that way her gum's are numb and able to enjoy her feeding...



Good luck...

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