Breastfeeding with teeth... need help!

Courtney - posted on 01/13/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 months old and already has FOUR teeth! I dont want/like to use a bottle, but many say i just should. How do you stop them from biting?? She normally only does it when she is finished eating...but it hurts A LOT and i need to figure out a way to have her stop. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Michelle - posted on 01/13/2011

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My 8 month old has two teeth. When she bites during nursing I just take her off of the boob and say "no bite." Then go back to nursing on the other boob.
Other than that i'm not really sure there is a lot you can do. I have heard of people that flick the end of there babies nose when they bite, I don't like that idea. I think we just have to wait it out until they can start to understand not to bite.

Callie - posted on 01/17/2011

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Courtney, I know you said you didn't want to end the feeding cause you don't want her to go hungry. But if you 'end' the feeding just wait like 5 minutes to start a new feeding. She won't go hungry and will learn that biting ends the nursing. If she's biting that means she's not nursing any more. It's impossible for them to bite if they are still latched right. They have to move their tongue to bite. So you could try listening for her to stop swallowing and then switch to the other side before she bites.

Callie - posted on 01/14/2011

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I lightly flicked my daughters cheek, said ouch that hurts and took her off. I waited about 5 minutes and then tried nursing again. She didn't cry or anything but just looked at me like 'you're really taking my boob away?'. But that was the only time she bit me.
If you end the feeding that doesn't mean you have to wait several hours till the next feeding. Just wait a few minutes then try again. If there are no consequences for biting then they'll keep doing it because they don't know they shouldn't. They don't realize that it hurts. If baby bites and you take them of and say no then immediately switch to the other side they can develop a habit of biting when they are ready to switch sides. Hope some of this helps.

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Courtney - posted on 01/17/2011

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i hope so. and Callie you are rght. thats exactly what my daughter has learned. thats why i need to find a way to get her out of that.

Gina - posted on 01/15/2011

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same ere it is so pain full she will go days with out doin it then start again lets hope our babies stop soon

Courtney - posted on 01/14/2011

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i heard of that too. my daughter's pediatricain told me to lightly flick her and the lactation consultant told me to just end the feeding. but i cant do either because i dont want to hurt my child and i dont want her to go hungry just for biting. and i do the same thing, i say no then switch sides. but i was jus wondering if there was maybe something else i could try

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