Susan - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
I have been nursing at home, and pumping while at work. My 8 1/2 month old daughter has been both nursing and taking bottles just fine until about 5 days ago, when she got a cold. She has a stuffed up nose, and I think she is teething again. She has 7 teeth already, and when she was getting her first tooth, she bit my nipple once or twice, but I firmly told her "no bite!" and she hadn't done that since. With this cold and another tooth coming in, she started biting me again, HARD. She refuses to nurse, turns away from me and arches her back. If I try to get her to nurse, she bites me. I push her firmly into my breast to get her to detach, but sometimes she still hangs on for a few more seconds, and it hurts. The other night I tried again and she bit me hard, and drew blood. I've stopped trying, at least until she gets over the cold and maybe cuts the tooth that's coming in. I'm just pumping now and giving her a bottle. I really want to keep nursing, but I don't know what else to do to get her to stop biting me, and I'm scared now that she will hurt me. What have you tried that worked to get your baby to stop biting you?