Help please!!! Quick xx

Nicole - posted on 03/16/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




I have been having a Breastfeeding issue with John the past week. He's been biting me alot lately. I called the Breastfeeding clinic whom I thought were pro Breastfeeding, they advised me that whenever he bites I should give him a stern "No!" and offer him the breast straight away. I havebeen doing this but it diesnt seem to be working as well as they explained it would. Now when I offer my breast, he looks at me and bursts out crying as though I had already told him "no" and then is so heartsore he refuses to drink. He is not fond of formula and pushes the bottle away till he can't say no anymore, by then he drinks just a little and falls asleep. He is not eating enought solids either. But was not too fond of solids before the breast issue started up either.

I called back today to ask for more help and say that the last help didn'tsort the issue out and I was told that he us trying to wean! I honestly don't think he is, I think he's heartsore that I shout no every time he's feeding- I see he has linked it to the biting but it's not solving the problem, just making it worse! If you have any better advise that has worked for you, please share it with me. I know in my heart he's not trying to wean


Sarah - posted on 03/16/2010




my son use to bite me...and boy sometimes it hurt.

i think they do it for a few reasons...testing their new pearly whites,reactions...ext

I tried giving my son a stern no and he would either cry like i hurt his poor feelings or would literitly laugh and bite me again.

I did notice that he would stop if i took him of the breast and let him go back on when he was ready. sometimes I'd be sitting on the floor playing with him with my boob hangin out for like 15-30 mins but he would crawl over and latch on himself and wouldn't bite.

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Allison - posted on 03/16/2010




Yeah....sounds like a nursing strike caused by the advice you received. I'm so sorry!!

First...stay calm and patient (((hugs))). Try to nurse him while he's sleeping. Here's some good info on that:

Second, babies cannot bite when they are latched correctly. So instead of removing him, telling him no, or flicking on the cheek(yes, that's often suggested by some!) when he bites, pull him toward you. When you pull him closer, he has to open his mouth wider, which should correct the latch. Also, try to notice when he starts to relax his latch and slip down to the nipple. Unlatch him with you finger and allow him to relatch correctly if he's interested. No need to say no, or ouch, or anything or remove the breast.

Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 03/16/2010




Thanks girls!! I hope I get this sorted out soon because my milk flow has already suffered!! better order myself some fenugreek

April - posted on 03/16/2010




my son used to bite but then he got tired of it. i just ignored it and bore through the pain because he would laugh everytime i shouted out in pain. i agree with you, biting doesn't mean he is trying to wean!! all it means is that he is more aware of the world now that he is older and has learned that he can do things!

Brenda - posted on 03/16/2010




Hmmm... I had the same issue, but pulling my breast out and telling him "no" or "ouch, do not bite Mommy" worked for me. Maybe try using other words so he doesn't associate it with punishment per se?

I don't think he is weaning, either... I think it's just a phase they go through. Mine lasted a month or so. I had to use the lanolin again to get through it. Good luck!

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