My 6 Month old just got his teeth, but now he is biting me when I brestfeed him! what should i do?

April - posted on 01/09/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I really don't want to stop breastfeeding him! I don't want to switch to formula either!

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Michelle - posted on 01/10/2013

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When he bites remove him from the breast and firmly tell him "No". Wait a minute or 2 before letting him back on. You will have to repeat it a few times before he gets the message but he will eventually learn.

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Dove - posted on 01/10/2013

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Say 'ow, no biting' and put him down for a few minutes. If he wants to nurse... he'll quit. Also, watch him when he nurses to see if you can tell when he's going to bite and unlatch him before he gets a chance. Once they figure out how the whole 'having teeth' thing works they 'typically' only bite when they are done or bored.

I nursed my son for 3 years and NOTHING is worse than a toddler who naturally clamps down when he falls asleep... with a full set of teeth!

Eva - posted on 01/10/2013

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I agree with Michelle. I breastfed my daughter for 2 1/2 years nd my son for 1 1/2 and they sometimes bit me but i simply told them noooo that hurts mommy and after two or three times they stopped. Also keep in mind that the experience of nursing with teeth is new for the baby also. So it is a learning for you and your baby. Good luck and don't give up.

Tammy - posted on 01/10/2013

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This might seem mean but it worked for my son 4 now and daughter 6 now. I breast fed them both til they were a year and a half almost two. When they'd bite and it does happen often id lightly tap them on their cheek and say no owwww. Make it over dramatic and then the baby will get I hurt mommy. They learned really fast. I know some moms who flick but I thought that was extreme. It shouldn't take ur lil one that long to understand it hurts you.

Clare - posted on 01/10/2013

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My daughter got her first teeth at 4 months and I breastfed her till she was 1. I didn't bottle feed her. I won't lie she did bite on the odd occasion ; maybe 3 or 4 times. You can still feed no reason why you can't continue.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/10/2013

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I was coming in here to say exactly what Michelle said. She is spot on. Remove him from the breast when he does it. He will learn. You don't need to stop bfing, he just needs to learn what his teeth are for.

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