when my daughter starts teething how do i keep her from biting my breast?

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Kaitlyn - posted on 05/14/2011

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The best way I know to stop biting is to actually pull the baby into the breast when they bite. You pull their head in so that their nose gets covered by the breast making it hard for them to get air. They will quickly realize that biting means difficulty getting air and they won't want to do it again. has worked like a charm with both of my children and is what my pediatrician recommended. Good luck and hopefully your baby won't even try to bite!

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Generally, babies use theri teeth when they're no longer actively sucking, at the end of a feed. Say "No!" (or something - even if they can't understand, they'll get the picture! Remove your nipple, remembering to BREAK THE SUCTION first, by putting your little finger in the corner of her mouth. This is important, as just dragging away will lead to sore nipples.
Try not to yelp, as she'll think it's a huge joke and want to do it again!

Kimberly - posted on 05/11/2011

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my son just got his first two bottom teeth, i have always taught him be careful. when he latches on wrong and i shreik. he stops and i am able to reposition him. that sudden shrill is all it takes fro them to learn be careful for alot of babies i cant say all. but i would start by saying be carefull, or be nice. i would always joke about the fact of every time i nursed i would tell him you bite me your cut off, and he has never bit me. he has only latched on wrong

Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2011

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with my first son, i didn't have much of a problem with him biting me. this time, with my second son, i too am having an issue with him biting. i don't know why but it seems like he is interested in drinking from one side and knawing on the other :P anyway what i have been doing is as soon as he bites down i immediatly take him off with a firm "NO" and he gets a pouty face at me and then seems to be over it and goes back to drinking. it takes time to finish a feeding but it does seem to be working because i think he is starting to get the point.

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Sarah - posted on 05/14/2011

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thanks ladys.. my daughter hasn't started teething yet.. it was just one of my concerns

Karla - posted on 05/11/2011

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I didn't have a problem with my daugther. On the rare occasion she did bite down (honestly only 2 times that I remember) I said "Ow! No bite. Hurt Mommy!" And that was all it took.

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