Dealing with teething and bitting while nursing

Jessica - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So my baby is almost 10 months old and cut his two bottom teeth about two months ago and I only had pain for one day but now he is cutting what I call his vampire teeth on both sides and it hurts plus he has been bitting every now and again any suggestions I am not ready to wean him but I can't deal with the bitting?

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Naomi - posted on 08/31/2009

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I think it's an adjustment for them too... these new things in their mouths and relearning to latch with teeth

I'd verbally say "no" and look at him sternly. he cried a couple times 'cause I yelled "no," but only 'cause it really hurt and I didn't realize I yelled until I noticed the scared look on his face. and I'd keep bf'ing after that (so he doesn't think biting means stop)... took a couple weeks days but we got through it. oh, and if my nipples were sore I'd pump and bottle feed for a break.

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Kylie - posted on 08/31/2009

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At 8 months my son was nipping me with his new teeth at every feed and laughing when i yelped. He would go to have a feed and latch correctly then i would relax and he would look up at me and smile and give me a little bite. It hurts...baby teeth are sharp! i just had to keep doing up my nursing bra telling him no you don't bite your mum. It took him around 4 days to completely stop and he hasnt bitten since.
I'd suggest just take the boob away for a little while when you get a bite..and he will learn. Also i thought when a child is latched on correctly you shouldn't feel any teeth. I don't anyway...

Mandie - posted on 08/31/2009

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I'm having the same problem with my 8 month old - she has 5 teeth. It's not so much the biting but the pressure of biting - it's leaving marks and it hurts!

Amber - posted on 08/31/2009

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If he bites immediately remove him from the breast and put him on the ground. You may verbally explain to him that biting is not ok. After a few minutes if he is still hungry resume as normal. A couple times of this and he will learn what action causes him to stop nursing... this should solve the problem.

Also get some lanolin for any sore spots on your nipples.

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