Nursing with teeth Ouch!!

Chelsey - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son has his 4 (sharp) front teeth and he no longer 'latches' on... he clamps on! It hurts so bad, my nipples are swollen and sore and I have teeth marks in them after. Another thing, he is very curious and so while he is nursing he will frequently stop and look around, but he doesn't let go or ...uh 'unclamp' his teeth... nooo he has to strip the first couple layers of skin off! I have tried saying 'ouch' really loud and that doesn't work, and then I tried putting him down when he wouldn't stop but the next feeding he just does it again.


I think i am finnished I hate to say it and I am really gonna miss it.


Is anyone else experiencing this? How are you coping?

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Tanikka - posted on 07/08/2009

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When Aiden bites I tell him no bite. That bite means no milk and take the breast away. After a couple of minutes I will let him try again and if he does it again I put my breast away and he does not get anymore milk this usually works.

Tassia - posted on 07/08/2009

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My daughter did this a couple of times...I said nothing just took her off the first time and waited 5-10 minutes before feeding her again the second time she tried it was a few weeks later I did the same thing and she never did it again.

Darcel - posted on 07/07/2009

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okay i admit i didnt handle this well, but it worked. my boy grew 2 bottom teeth at 3 months old. one day he bit me really hard and i thumped him on the cheek hard enough to sting. he screamed, but now he doesnt bite. when he starts to gnaw i softly thump his cheek to remind him to stop..

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my sons have always pulled (ripped) away from me at this stage when they want to look away while nursing. you have to catch them and unlatch them before they pull you all the way. with the biting - make sure you do not let them stay latched-on as long as they are going to bite, they start learning the meaning of "no" at this stage as well so use "OUCH" and "NO" every time.

Chassidy - posted on 07/07/2009

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Whenever my daughter bites (which hasn't been in a few months) I just says "ouch" (which comes naturally cause it hurts!) and then put my boob away. Just for a few minutes until she stops crying because it's gone. She has only bit me maybe 3 times and hasn't in months. Maybe this will work for you and your little one?

Jenny - posted on 07/05/2009

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The part I have trouble with is when he's falling asleep and gnawing on me. I also find the loud "ouch" works usually.

Chelsey - posted on 06/27/2009

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*sigh* I wish I could pump but I get nothing out of pumping my milk will not let down

Kathy - posted on 06/27/2009

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My daughter only has her bottom two front teeth. She has clamped down on me before. It does hurt like hell. The first time she did it I screamed so loud I scared her. Luckily she has quit doing that now. But I always keep a watch out because it tends to happen when she is done feeding and is just playing around. But it sounds like you have it worse. I would suggest pumping and feeding your baby with a bottle. I know it is not the same, but at least they are still getting breast milk.

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