Elizabeth - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
My (almost) 9 month old has two bottom teeth which I had to work through with biting already. She bit me before she started teething, but I got her to stop. Then she got two teeth and eventually started biting again and I got her to stop again after trying a few different techniques.
Now her third tooth is coming in and it's on top and the pain is excruciating!!! She is biting almost every time she nurses, I would swear I was bleeding, but she hasn't broken skin (yet) thank God. On top of that my milk production has started to decrease. I think part of it is because she's eating more solids and also because I was out of town for two days without her and we just haven't bounced back the same. I take a daily fenugreek supplement and have already wasted $50 on Mother's Milk Plus which helped temporarily, but once I was done taking it it didn't help anymore.
Anyway, I have been planning on breastfeeding until age two, and now I'm seriously considering weaning now. I can't take this biting anymore.
Things I've tried:
Taking her off my breast and saying firmly some combination of "Ouch," "No Biting," and "That Hurts Mama" and then ending the feeding or waiting a few minutes before starting again.
Flicking her nose
Poking her cheek
Holding her closer to me
I've never laughed or smiled when she has bitten me, but she smiles at me half the time - I have a baby bully on my hands!
To be clear, the above has worked in the past, but now it's not working anymore.