Hoe do I get my 7 month old to stop biting me while nursing?

Felanie - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old daughter cut her first tooth 2 weeks ago, last night she bit me twice. How can I break this habit before it gets worse?

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Here are some tips that have worked for me. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi...
To sum it up you want to stay calm. Take baby off and put her down. If she really wants to eat she will let you know and you can try again. You want to be careful with yelling as it (and anything else startling) can scare them and cause a nursing strike. I've found that my daughter would bite when she wasn't really hungry. If she seemed distracted/disinterested then I wait a little while longer before I offer again. While she was eating I made sure I watched her closely. If baby is latched on properly they can't bite with their bottom teeth because their tongue covers them. As soon as I noticed she wasn't nursing I would take her off so she didn't have the opportunity to bite when she gets bored.

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Chasity - posted on 07/24/2010

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OMG, my daughter has been bitting me for the last two months. She doesn't do it every feeding but majority. So far I am lucky no teeth yet. But when those teeth come in I am really expecting more pain. I don't know how to stop it either so that is a helpful question for us both. When she bites me she will look up with her cute face and smile at me like its soo funny! Lol

Racheal - posted on 07/24/2010

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when i yell ouch and no bite he LAUGHS!!! WTF. and its getting more frequent, he is8 months today and has 2 teeth on the bottom, and i think getting some up top..WHAT DO I DO

Fiona - posted on 04/13/2010

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Hi Felanie,
I've managed to BF while my daughter got all her teeth, so there is hope (if it right and suits both of you to continue). There were a very few occasions when she actually made me bleed though!
Advice I got varied. Try having a teething ring to hand, so if she needs a chew to relieve teething discomfort you can offer that. I was told to bring my baby quickly towards the breast (the idea being that they have to release you to breathe), I did try this 'smothering', but it didn't work that well for me. I ended up having to prise her off with my finger several times. Try not to rip her off you - that's when you can get grazed by her teeth, and it really hurts.
Another thing that was suggested to me was to observe whether it happens towards the end of the feed when your baby may be nodding off to sleep. (In my case my daughter would bite mid-feed, and would sort of play at it, rather than be properly drinking). I guess the idea is to spot the signs and try to head it off before you get bitten.
When she did bite, my daughter got a firm "No" and I popped her on the floor or in her cot and didn't pick her up or make eye contact for a minute (I left the room providing she was safe and secure). She started to cry every time, but at that age it doesn't make sense to actually try telling them off, I just tried to let her know I didn't like what she'd done.
Hope this is of some help.
Good Luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/13/2010

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MY daughter is now 13 months old and does the same thing. At first it was just because she is teething. She acctually broke my skin a couple of times. Got innfected as well. Now that she's 13 months she knows she gets a reaction from me and tries to bite me all the time. She is not wanting to wean, and I am more than ready for her to. So for now I think it's safe to say that she's just teething, but hopefully you wont have the same problem I do.

Kelly - posted on 04/12/2010

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I agree with Sara, putting my son down when he bit me was the best solution. He realized real quick that if he wanted to keep eating he shouldn't bite.

Laura - posted on 04/12/2010

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I was just gonna ask the same question, Felanie S.! My baby is 7 months old as well! He has 2 teeth and just began biting today. Up until now, he has loved pinching me while he nurses!

Kristin - posted on 04/12/2010

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I yelped loud enough to startle them, said no biting firmly, calmed them, and then let them start again. Only had to do it a few times.



I saw a different approach that sounds like it would work pretty well also. When they do it, hug them in closer to get them to release the breast. If feeding time is disrupted everytime they do it, they will stop.



If she cut one, it's safe to say she's got more coming. She may be biting to relieve her gums rather than to bite you. Perhaps before a feeding get her gums feeling better before she dines? There are lots of different things you can try from cold teethers to meds (just get correct dosage if you go this route).



Good luck.

Christina - posted on 04/12/2010

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when she bites you yell OUCH and NO BITE...you have to be firm. After a while she will get that she is hurting you and stop. My 8 month old does that and when I yell ouch or say no bite he starts to cry (its heartbreaking) and then he will stop.

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