Teething

Samantha - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone,
Im a first time mom, my son noah is almost 6 months old.
I have been breastfeeding him his entire life and i want to continue to breastfeed but now that he is teething its difficult because he keeps biting me. Does anyone have any coping methods, or any advice?

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Erin - posted on 10/20/2010

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My son did this too. I did do the yelling really loud and it worked, he stopped. I have heard though that it can make babies laugh at the reaction. Either way, take the breast away. He will learn but boy does it hurt in the process. Good luck with it.

Brittany - posted on 10/20/2010

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My daughter did that too! He doesn't know it hurts you, it just feels good on his gums. If he takes a pacifier or a bottle of breastmilk it might increase the biting because they simulate nipples and it's okay to bite those things.

If he's biting at the end of a feeding, it's because he is full and is just comfort nursing for his teeth. You can start to end the feedings a little early before he has a chance to play around. If he bites, immediately stop the feeding, tell him "No. Mama is not for biting" and try again in 5-10 minutes.
He will soon learn that biting makes the milk go away and will stop.

The tricky thing is in the way you tell him "No". If you react too much (yell or be too sweet), he will be amused because it's the age where they learn that actions cause reactions and he will do it a million times just to see you react.

Good luck! =)

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