How can i stop my son from biting my nipple

AMBER - posted on 03/30/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is starting to bite my nipple, he only does it to the one side. how can i get him to stop?

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Alyssa - posted on 04/11/2011

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I also have five children and bf them. My boys didn't bite it seemed they really were interested in eating. I nursed til I could no more with them. My first daughter was 14 months and she bit me only a few times and the "no" then taking away the breast worked. My last one that I'm bf has problems wanting to "play". She is also a thumb sucker and was tending to suck her thumb and pinch my nipple. I'd take it away since she was obviously done. When she started biting it was the same... "no" then away, When I said Ouch she laughed and tried again. She finally officially stopped biting after a case of double thrush (her and me) but good luck to you, just keep to the same pattern he'll stop.
To Pat - Lanolin cream works wonders for any wounds. Cracks, bites, just sore from feedings anything, so try using some of that. It's also safe for nursing babies.

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Yep, I have breastfed my five, and I can tell you that four of my five bit me. Sometimes it helps to use a different 'hold' so that the nipple comes at his mouth from the same angle. It might fool him into thinking it is the same nipple, not the other one. For instance, if you are using the standard hold on the left breast, which is to say the baby's head is against your left breast and his feet are to your right, then, after he has been burped, put him on pillows so that when he feeds from your right breast he will still be laying so that his feet are to your right. Sometimes this works. Also, try singing to him while he feeds. It will distract him enough that he won't get to thinking it's time to 'play'.
Oh, and you can feel when he is about to bite. He will change his grip so that he can use his teeth, often without breaking suction. That is the time to break suction by pushing on your breast with your finger while saying, "No!" firmly, and then 'put them away'. After one or two such events he will get the hint. If he doesn't, keep it up until he does.
Never punish him by putting him in his crib and leaving him alone. Babies learn nothing from punishment until they are over 18 months old. He won't learn anything and might become frightened, and you do NOT want a nursing strike on your hands! Instead, put him up on your shoulder, burp him, and then spend some time just looking into his eyes, playing, smiling, and talking nicely. This teaches him that feeding time is time to eat, and tho it is close and comforting, is not time to 'play'. We can play when we are not feeding.

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Ouch! But just about every baby bites!
This is from the Australian Breastfeeding Association:
"Watch your baby while he feeds and if he just seems to be playing, or gets a mischievous look in his eye, break the suction and take him off straight away. If he does bite, saying 'No!' firmly and taking him off the breast straight away will teach him not to do it. Try to avoid a loud 'Ouch!' as this may either frighten your baby, or alternatively amuse him, so he may try it again."

Breaking the suction is important - just put your little finger into the corner of his mouth.

Remember that when a baby is breastfeeding correctly, he can't bite, as his tongue is over his bottom gum and teeth. It's usually when he's finished his meal, or just playing, that he starts to experiment with his teeth!

http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/b...

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Pat - posted on 04/12/2011

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thank you Alyssa, I am using Lanolin since I came home from the hospital, I find it very good with all the other wounds, cracks and for my very dry skin, but for the bites, it just doesn't really give much relief. But you are right it is great stuff, and safe for babies (I even use it on my sons skin...)

Tiffanie - posted on 04/07/2011

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My son bit me once, I flicked his cheek. Not hard, but enough to know that that behavior is unacceptable. It startled him more than anything. My mom gave me that advice, as she had done that with her four children. I worked, he never bit me again, and I breastfed him until he was 19 months. I plan on using the same method with my second one :) Good luck!

Pat - posted on 04/06/2011

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Hi ya my son is 8 months old, and has done it since he was born. I have found out he is mainly doing it when actually finished feeding, but trying to use my breast as a soother to fall asleep. I have used the same tricks as lori they have worked very well until he started teething, Now I Makee sure that I undock him (he has teeth since this week, and my breasts are VERY wound now!) and am teaching him to fall asleep on his own. it takes a lot of patients, but we are getting there. before the teeth, it was just too easy & Convienient for me to let him fall asleep nursing. but I am amazed how fast he actually learns now, that there are other possibilities. I am just mentioning this in case ur boy does it while trying to doze off, rather then playing. Good Luck!
ps anyone got a recommendation for treating wound bitten nipples ;-)

Kendra - posted on 04/04/2011

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When my son started doing it I would just tap him on the butt (not hard, just a light tap), tell him no, and put them away. He only did it a couple of times (even drawing blood) until he decided it wasn't worth them getting put away. Hope this helps!

Charity - posted on 03/31/2011

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Kathy has a good point. With my son, he only does it when playing or teething, and he thinks it is fun to bite and pull. (OUCH) so now when he bites, I pull his head into my breast to cover his nose, forcing him to open his mouth to breath, and releasing me. However, since this is aparently funny, it causes him to blow raspberries on my breast and grin. I always "put them away" if he repeats the bite, so he has learned that if he is really hungry, he shouldn't bite. Good luck!

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