breast biting!!

Amanda - posted on 10/18/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 11 month old is teething bad!! He keeps biting while nursing, OUCH!!He's drawn blood and although he doesn't bite as much everything I have tried he still bites. What do I do?

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Kathy - posted on 10/18/2009

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Try giving him some pain reliever lie ibuprofen teething is so painful!

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Stopping the nursing session is generally the most effective way to teach baby that nursing and biting do not go together. Once baby lets go, remove her from the breast for a bit - it may be a few seconds or a few minutes (this is something where you'll need to gauge your own baby's reaction). If baby is teething (which is often the cause of biting), this is a good time to hand baby something cold to chew on, a teething toy, etc. You might tell baby something along the lines of, "if you want to bite, we're not nursing." If baby really wants to keep nursing, she may get upset when you end the nursing session, at which point you can wait a few moments then give baby another chance to nurse. If baby is not interested in nursing, she might fuss a few seconds but then go on to something else.

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Amanda - posted on 10/19/2009

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No, I haven't heard of nipple covers, but I do have a shield that I had to use when he was first born. I tried it this morning and he won't nurse with it. He goes to the other breast instead.Thanks for the tips, I am off to buy lanolin.

Jessica - posted on 10/19/2009

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:'( I'm sorry that happened!! I can't imagine how much that hurts! Will he nurse with a nipple shield?? You might want to try it so you can heal & so he can't break the skin. They sell them at Target for $7. Might be a worth while investment.
Use lanolin to help it heal. Did you get nipple covers that you can wear to give your nipples space inside your bra? A lactation consultant gave me some, they are just these plastic things that go over the nipple and give it air space, they have a few air holes in them. When I was 1st nursing those were great for helping my nipples heal more quickly b/c they weren't being rubbed by my bra.
Good Luck to you!

Amanda - posted on 10/19/2009

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Last night was horrible!! I am bleeding he has bitten me so hard, I gave him some tylenol. Can he bite my nipple off? I know that sounds retarded but it feels like he can. Thanks for the tips, he is getting better (biting less) but still no fun!

Jessica - posted on 10/19/2009

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My 13 month old likes to do it occasionally too. I just pull him off & tell him that it's not ok to bite & that it hurts mommy, then let him have more. If he does it a second time I tell him the same thing & put him on the floor.
The idea (that Kathy suggested) of giving something cold to chew on is a great one!!
I did ibuprofen for my little guy & even some baby oragel rubbed on his gums. Good Luck, teething is no fun, try some pain meds for him!!

Mimel - posted on 10/18/2009

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My son now 11mthz old also likes to bite during breastfeeding..itz really hurt but i couldn't dare to scold or pinch him as he is just a small child..

Jocelyn - posted on 10/18/2009

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When he bites you, don't pull him away. Squish him into your boob so he can't breath. He will let go on his own and learn very quickly not to bite!

Amanda - posted on 10/18/2009

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Good idea, actually today my dad gave him an icepack to bite on and he seemed to like it. He is in so much pain from teething, his gums are swollen, cheeks red and biting. It hurts soooo much!!! Thanks for the tip!

April - posted on 10/18/2009

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My son is 10 months and bites me on the arm or the leg or the shoulder...but never the breast! I joke that he doesn't bite the nipple that feeds him. But I have been thinking about this for when he gets more teeth. I wonder if you could give your baby something cold like ice to make the gums feel better and then he won't feel like biting when you nurse. Maybe give him some ice right before it's time to nurse?

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