I've got a bitter on board-HELP!

DeserRai - posted on 11/28/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is seven months and has had his bottom front teeth since five months. He would bit me once in a while, mainly when he was done and I wasn't paying attention. The last week or so, he has been doing it ALL THE TIME! Even if I'm paying attention and unlatching him when he's done. He'll bit and hold on and when I unlatch him and tell him no, bitting hurts mommy, he smiles and laughs. There's times I don't even get a chance to tell him anything because he's already laughing as soon as I pull him off. I've tried everything. I've noticed he's getting he's front top teeth but I never had this problem with he was getting the bottom ones. I know he's hungry because he'll suck and then bit then suck again. Then he gets mad when I unlatch him because he wants to eat but still bites me in the process. My nipples are so sore and last night he actually drew blood on one side. I love BFing him but today I tried giving him a bottle, with no luck. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

On other note, how do I use frozen milk? I've kept mine in a deep freezer which is good up to a year. When I take it out and thaw can I put the remainder in the freezer or does it all have to used within a certain amount of time? Thanks in advance!

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Kisa - posted on 11/29/2011

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He will learn, he is testing his teeth. DO NOT pull away. that just tears you up. The best, told to me by lactation and works well, is it pull him into you. Cover his nose with your breast. He won;t be able to take a breath and will let go immediatly. So, he lets go, you don;t get hurt more. Then like the others say, tell him no bite that hurts mommy. If he does it again then put him down for a few minutes and then try again. Pulling in takes the bite away right away so it doesn;t last as long. My daughter bit me a few times, drew blood on her birthday. She only did it a few times total and she nursed until 3yr old with a full set of teeth. Keep at it, and he will learn and quit. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 11/29/2011

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What worked for me when my son bit me was I said very loudly and sternly no set him on the couch and walked away from him with no contact for about 5 minutes he cried and I let him then I picked him up but made him wait until the pain subsided to nurse again he did it twice got the same reaction and didnt do it again he is 19 months old now

Martha - posted on 11/29/2011

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By 'flick' I didn't mean anything that would hurt him. Just something to change his focus from nursing to his behavior. The reason I said he might cry is because babies are sensitive to correction (cry when you just say no to them). It's mostly about him understanding what he did isn't okay. I didnt mean to sound callous and would never promote hitting a babe. Just want to clarify. My daughter teethed later and was quite persistent about using nursing for comfort, she bite me so hard I was bleeding and it was all I could do not to stop nursing. You have to do something they won't laugh about, something that shows them that they cause pain. I really don't mean anything that causes them pain. If you want to continue nursing you can't do it with them biting.

DeserRai - posted on 11/28/2011

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I'd rather not hit him...he is just a baby after all. I did talk to a consultant and she said it's most likely the teeth. She told me that just because he didn't fuss with the first set of teeth, doesn't mean it'll be the same with every tooth that comes in. So hopefully this will pass soon and I will try what you said Ashley. Thank you!

Ashley - posted on 11/28/2011

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The biting could be due to the top teeth, I found my son bit more with any teeth coming in after the first few. To stop the biting I would as soon as he bit gently pull his cheek away from my breast like a fish hook I guess and say "biting hurts" or "ouch" and after a few seconds give him back the nipple. if he bit me more than twice during a feed (usually day feeds) I would take him off for a few minutes and then start over. I was also bleeding once but actually the next day after the bad bite he quit biting. Maybe the taste was offensive? Not sure but he did eventually stop.
As for the milk. I was taught you thaw and then use. but anything unused will keep in fridge for a few hours. My son wasted soo much expressed milk since he barely drank from the bottle.

Martha - posted on 11/28/2011

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I would give his cheek a little flick when he bites you. It won't really hurt him, mostly surprise him. He sounds like he thinks it's a game and you have to make him understand it's not funny or a game. If he's at the point he's drawing blood and making you sore then it's not an accident and he knows what he's doing. He might be very sad, but it Should work pretty quick. Another thing I've hears is as soon as he bites you you take the boob away set him down say "we don't bite" sternly and walk away. He will learn that if he bites he doesn't get to nurse. I know it sucks, every kid does this at some point, good luck :)

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