Biting Baby!!!!!

Holly - posted on 09/04/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My one yr. old has biten me a few times in the past but most recent she has been doing it quite often. OUCH not a nice thing. I want to breast feed as long as she wants to 2-3yrs.old but how to get her to stop biting! I usuallly yell from the pain and it startles me then i say "be nice". She just stares at me and starts cry and then i can't get her to feed any more at that sitting. I Hope for some advice!!!!!

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Ouch is right! There are a few things you can do that may help. first pay very close attention to when baby is biting. It is at the begining of a nursing and they are impatient for the milk to come. OR maybe at the end when they are done but haven't let go yet. A baby that is actively nursing cannot bit since their tongue is in the way. Unlatching baby as soon as active nursing stops may help. Another is to put baby down (without a reaction, but I know this is hard) and tell them again to be nice like you have been. Many moms have also found it helpful to pull baby into breast when they bite. This stops their air supply for a second and generally startles them into letting go. You will be able to find more info on the La Leche League website www.llli.org and also in the new 8th edition of the womanly art of breastfeeding. IT is a great book!! Good luck and hang in there. The biting will stop because ultimately your baby wants to nurse. :)

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I know it's hard, but try not to yell. Startling her can cause a nursing strike, then you have a whole new problem. When she bites take her off and put her down. Wait maybe 15-30 seconds and try again. Is she teething? If she's getting her one year molars she may need to gnaw on things. Try giving her a teether or frozen washcloth to chew before nursing. She will learn that biting means no milk. Maybe a gentle reminder to be nice before latching on will help. Make sure she's really opening wide to latch so you know she's really going to nurse and not nip at you. Here are some great tips:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi...

Biting phases are no fun! My first daughter went through a bad one at 10 months. She broke the skin a couple times. The tips from kellymom really helped us. Hang in there!

Holly - posted on 09/05/2011

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Thank you I will try these methods. I hope to never give up! She usually bites when i first put her up to my breast and she is just about to latch on.

Kirsten - posted on 09/04/2011

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When my baby started biting me I was given the advice to phyiscally remove her from the breast and put her down for a few minutes with a firm "no." the action, I was told, teaches them that if they bite while breastfeeding, then that means no more breast, and they wont like that. It worked after about a couple weeks of doing the repeat put down and "no." if she refuses to breastfeed anymore after that at first, just let her cry it out and then try again in a little while later. Remember to reassure her of your love, and to try again. Dont give up!!

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