biting while feeding

Kate - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone. I have a 3 and a half month old daughter who has started biting down on my nipples when im feeding her. I have tried pull ing her off and tell her no but she just looks up at me and laughs. She is very cheeky. If anyone has any other tips and suggestions i would love to hear them.

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Kate - posted on 04/22/2009

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Thats great thanks ladies im deffently going to try the pushing her face into my breast. It doesnt work pulling her off as she just cries or laughs so i hope this way works:)

Emma - posted on 04/21/2009

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a mum told me to push baby into the breast, so when baby pulls back to breath he lets go, and as its not pleasent may assosiate, so he thinks if he bites it will stop him breathing, so will choose not to bite.

(do not hold baby in to long, 1 or 2 seconds is enough)

Lauren - posted on 04/21/2009

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my 3 month old just politely closes his mouth when his done drinking and i'm forced to open his jaw to release myself..i think the faces i pull are very amusing to him and he laughs for a good few minutes. But their so adorable, who could stay angry right?

i'm not much help but i feel your pain:)

Jocelyn - posted on 04/20/2009

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Quoting Karen:

You could try pulling your baby into your breast anytime she bites. This causes their noses to be pressed against the breast and they automatically let go to make it easier to breathe. I've done this with my teething 5 month old a few times and now she's stopped biting all together.
The nose flicking or pulling her off the breast didn't work for me - she'd always get upset and start crying (and didn't stop biting). But the pulling in (which takes some thought on the mom's part since it's opposite from what you want to do when you're getting bit) works really well for us.


Yes, don't pull your baby away from you; squish her into your boob so she can't breath and has to let go.  This worked with my son.  He learned very quickly what would happen when he bit me!

Karen - posted on 04/20/2009

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You could try pulling your baby into your breast anytime she bites. This causes their noses to be pressed against the breast and they automatically let go to make it easier to breathe. I've done this with my teething 5 month old a few times and now she's stopped biting all together.

The nose flicking or pulling her off the breast didn't work for me - she'd always get upset and start crying (and didn't stop biting). But the pulling in (which takes some thought on the mom's part since it's opposite from what you want to do when you're getting bit) works really well for us.

Jenna - posted on 04/20/2009

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My daughter is biting now too. I tell her no, and stop feeding her. When she is eating nicely I smile and tell her that is very nice and gentle and feels good and she seems to be catching on. She's nine months old though, and just got her first teeth so I've been pretty lucky with this issue

Sarah - posted on 04/20/2009

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My little boy just started doing this too. My mum (who has six kids) said I should either tap his nose and say "no" or flick his cheek. I tried the nose tapping and at first he laughed, but now he knows it interrupts his feed and he has stopped biting.

Kate - posted on 04/19/2009

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she is biting in the middle of the feed. I have thought that maybe she has finished and is biting to let me know that she is done but she still goes back on for another feed after i pull her off. I will try your way though and see how it works. Thanks Rebecca.

Rebecca - posted on 04/19/2009

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Is it at the beginning or end of the feed?

If it is the beginning, put her down after firmly saying no and make her wait about 30 seconds to be picked back up before eating. Try to not to laugh at her if she is laughing at you :-)

She might be having early teething pain so see if you can sooth her with something else to bite down on like a teether or cold rag.

Also, try to watch for when her mouth changes from being latched and pull her off before she actually bites.

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