Biting while nursing

Liza - posted on 02/07/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old has two sharp little teeth and bites while nursing. Today, I started bleeding and it's been painful to nurse ever since. I have problem with a low milk supply, so I'm scared to pump. Any suggestions?

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Sarah - posted on 02/09/2009

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When mine bites, which is rare, I tell him no and make him stop nursing for a few minutes.

Melody - posted on 02/09/2009

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my son started biting when he was 7months and getting teeth. I unlatched him said ow and sat him down away from me. After a couple of min if he was still hungry I'd latch him again. He stopped after about 5 times of doing this.

Shelby - posted on 02/07/2009

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My lactation consultant told me to unlatch my daughter when she bites and tap my finger on the tip of her nose gently and say "no biting!" I did this when she was first born and she never did it again until she was 7 months and she got a tooth and bit again and I did this technique and she hasn't bitten since and she is now 9 months old. I don't know if it works for every baby but it worked for her! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2009

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I'm no expert, but I had the same problems. From everything I've read, pumping is supposed to help increase milk supply if you do it in between regular feedings (but who has time for that?). Your baby may be biting out of frustration if he or she is not getting enough milk or not getting it fast enough. So if that's the case, pumping may help you out, or trying to nurse more often. I know this is easier said then done. Pumping was never easy for me. I just let her nusre as often as she wanted and that helped. As for it being painful, you may want to try a nipple shield until it heals, that could make it a little easier on you. While prolonged use of the shield could effect the milk production, using it just long enough to heal shouldn't make a difference, and will reduce the pain if he/she bites again. I hope this helps!

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My daughter has no teeth thankfully, but has started biting. I also tell her no sternly and I poke her cheek as well - enough to make it uncomfortable. I had to do this with my second son as well. It worked! It took a couple of feeds, but babies are smart - they want the milk and not the discomfort. Another friend has told me to squish the baby's face into the breast when they bite - they really don't like that and they let go - so they can breathe :0). I haven't tried it myself, but it worked for her and others and the biting stopped.

Melissa - posted on 02/07/2009

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when he bites tell him no in a stearn voice so that he knows you are not joking. Do not let him latch back on right away. He will associate biting with no milk. My daughter bit me 1 time when she was 7 months and she had 4 teeth on the top and bottom. I feel your pain but you have to let them know that it hurts. I told me daughter that its not ok to bite mommy because it hurts.

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