How to discourage biting while bf'ing?

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Kayla - posted on 10/29/2010

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awwwww.. torry mommy! thats soooo cute!!!!!! My baby bites too now. he just got his first tooth. I think that it feels funny to him. lmao.

Annie - posted on 10/29/2010

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My baby bites once in a blue moon, and I gasp with a horrified face and say, "No bite Mommy." And now that she is a little older and understands better I follow up with, "No more nurse if you bite." And "Hurt Mommy." I say it in a serious and forceful voice, so that she stops everything and listens with big eyes and says back, "torry, Mommy." Yep, that's what she sounds like.

Lindsey - posted on 10/22/2010

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We were struggling with this a few months ago. I tried everything- teething tablets before, saying 'no', flicking his cheek, separating after, etc., but none seemed to last. What finally worked was saying nursing something like, 'Be gentle,' 'No teeth,' 'No biting,' etc. He has only tried twice to bite since (this was months ago) and when he does I break him off, pull him away and say- as calmly as I can- he hasn't really chomped down- just a little teeth- 'no teeth' or 'no biting.' I've been amazed at how well it has worked! (He is 15 mo. now, so your LO would have to be at an age to understand.) Good luck and way to keep nursing through it and figure out the solution!

Hillary - posted on 10/17/2010

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Ya I heard that too. They can't breathe out their nose if you do that so they pull away.

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My son was an extremely persistent biter at around 8 months. It took us an entire month to break that bad habit! At first I tried taking away the milk with a NO, but that didn't work. Then I tried the flicking of the cheek or nose, and although it startled him, he would still bite next time. The thing that finally worked for us was when he clamped down, I pulled his head INTO the breast rather then away. I don't know why it worked, but I heard that from another mom, and it did. I only had to do it twice.

Twila - posted on 10/17/2010

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My son would bite constantly when he began to teeth, and then he just thought it funny finally I ended up tapping his nose lightly but repeatedly telling him "don't bite" The tapping annoyed him enough that he very quickly quit.



I then did it whenever he would stick something in his mouth I didn't want him to, and now most of the time I just tell him don't bite(on anything) and he won't.

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All great posts. . . But it is true, don't use the sweet Mommy voice when you say no... You have to be Firm and put your num nums away so that your baby understands that biting means no cuddle and milk time. Babies learn quickly so if you follow through, you shouldn't have any more issues. Good luck! Do you know how to use your pinky to unlatch the babie's mouth?! A breast feeding consultant showed me and you just hook your baby finger and gently pry open your LO's mouth and that way you can stop them before they are bored at the breast. Also a baby does three sucks and then swallows. . . if she is no longer swallowing but just sucking, time for the binky, pacy, baba and break the latch! Although my second daughter didn't take to the Pacifier.

Julie - posted on 10/16/2010

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If you can start noticing when she bites you can anticipate it and head it off. Some do it cause they are bored, teething, or sleepy. Understanding that she is going to bite occasionally is the first step. Take her off the breast when she does bite.

Sarah - posted on 10/16/2010

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flick their nose, it gives them a wee fright & they dont like it, doesnt take them long to pick up that if they bite that you will flick & they stop, well it worked with my four, good luck.

Anjali - posted on 10/16/2010

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Totally agree with all the comments. You have to be persistent in trying any new tactics. And the best is to walk away and not offer again for sometime. My daughter attempted it when she was 4 months old and I refused to offer her and let her cry for few mins and she never did it again.

Hillary - posted on 10/16/2010

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My daughter only bit me once and I pinched her cheeks together like you would if you were making like fish lips I guess, and said "NO". She cried a little but went back to feeding and never bit me again. Someone else told me to flick her cheek but I thought that was a little too harsh.

Laurel - posted on 10/16/2010

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My first boy got his first 2 teeth at 4 months and started to bite at the end of a feed, often in the middle of the night - three days of a loud 'No!' and removing the breast did the trick. Boy number 2 only got teeth at 7 months, and at nearly 8 months has just started nipping me at the beginning of feeds. Two days of 'No!' and removing breast is starting to have effect, so I'm hoping another couple of days as it'll be over... poor nipples...

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2010

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my 2 month old decided to try that on me a few times and when i said OW and NO she would smile, she thought it was so funny. so i laid her down and let her cry for a good 5 minutes before i nursed her again. it only took a couple times before she understood that biting = no milk.

Lise - posted on 10/14/2010

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Oh, yeah, some kids do bite! If you say no loudly and she's still biting, then it's not working so try something else. With my daughter (for pinching - ouch!), saying no in a "mommy voice" caused smiling and eventually more pinching. So I started not saying anything but immediately putting her down and walking away. This made her cry SO hard. I would walk away for about 10 seconds, then pick her up and comfort her but not allow nursing for a little bit. Again, not long - maybe 30 seconds, but in a baby's world that's a lifetime. If she pinched again, I repeated it. Not talking to her and just moving so she can't do it. Worked great. I noticed a decrease it a day, and it was gone by 3 days.



Just know that if she's used to getting attention for it, it might get a little worse before it gets better. Whatever you decide to try, stick to it for at least 2-3 days.



Keep us updated!

Brianna - posted on 10/14/2010

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Thank you Lise, I will look into what is causing the biting and try some of the tips..
I honestly never thought she would bite and when I had talked to a few people about it they said that, that never happens. Biting doesnt occur so I was shocked.

Brianna - posted on 10/14/2010

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Its not that there isnt any milk...she starts to make a game out of it. Shell do it and I'll say NO and she gets startled continues to eat and then does it again.

Brooke - posted on 10/12/2010

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My daughter will try to bite me at the end of a feed every once in a while. When she does, I say sternly, "No, that hurt Mommy." And I immediately put her down and walk off. She may try it again next time, but she soon realizes she is not getting the reaction from me she was hoping for and the milk leaves. So she won't try it again for several more weeks. I have noticed that it is only at the end of a feed when I'm pretty empty. When your LO is going through the biting phase, maybe keep an eye out for when their no longer getting any milk and go ahead and break the latch.

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