stop bfing

Isa - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my son is 1year old and biting me and i want to stop bfing him. what are the best methods for this? i love it but realize that with his teething, it's hard for him to resist temptation. i really dont want to traumatize him, please help!

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Pamela - posted on 08/11/2009

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Just found this forum today and was reading your story about bfing!! i bf my daughter till she was over 18 months. i got rid of the daily feedings weekly so she would get used to no nursing. then for the night feedings i would give her a bottle/soft sippy cup at bed time with warm cows milk and told her my boobs were empty and that she drank it all and every time she asked for some i would tell her the same thing and it took about a week of that and she was good. i kept the milk as her bedtime ritual for about 3 weeks then switch to warm water. Now she has a sippy cup of water by her bed but she doesnt always use it! hope this helps some what!! take care!!

Isa - posted on 08/09/2009

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Hey Ladies! Thank you all for your helpful suggestions!! I appreciate you taking the time to respond. FYI, I have told him "no" and it does get his attention. He mostly bites once he has fallen asleep though. Anywho, I have started giving him cows milk and he does eat pretty well. He wants boob whenever he's sleepy. =/ I'll keep your experiences in mind! Thanks again! You gals are awesome!!

Tiffany - posted on 08/09/2009

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a very loud NO and putting him on the floor should work. No more until the next feed. If he carries on at you try a sipper cup with some cooled boiled water. I stopped bfing my son at 1 cos he had about 12 teeth and he couldnt help but bite me. I expressed for about a week for maybe 3 feeds a day so he could still get the good stuff, but he had to have a bottle. He was eating pretty well by then tho. He didnt even notice when the good stuff turned into cows milk. So, if the nipple protectors dont work, make sure your bubba is eating well, will take a drink from a cup or bottle, take a deep breath and just stop. It will be really sad, cos bfing is such an emotional experience, but you dont want your last memories of it for you to be tears and bleeding nipples!

Jessica - posted on 08/07/2009

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It correcting him from biting doesn't work and you still want to stop breastfeeding. Just cut back naturally. He is getting more active I am sure and busy doing other things. So start cutting down the day time feeding and start giving him cups and food more. Then slowly work down to just night time feeding and maybe a naptime one. I had to actually leave for a weekend to get my 14 month old to finally stop nursing. She was down to very little nursing but with me there at night she just wanted the breast. So my oldest daughter had a competition and went with just her and one of our other children and left the baby and daddy behind. She was great for my husband and when I came back she didn't even try to nurse.

Alicia - posted on 08/07/2009

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You should be able to "scare" him out of biting! Sounds mean but a really, firm, unquestionable "no biting" a few times is "supposed to work!" I worked when my son was younger but I wonder if a 1 year old wont just take the opportunity to do it more!! It is no fun though to sit there just waiting to be bitten. Think about when he is biting during the feeding--is it near the end? Is it his new way of saying he is done? If you notice any pattern, you could work with it. Or if you know he bites after a pause or slowing, just take him off before he can bite.
As for how you stop bfing, here is how I did it: slowly, one feeding at a time. pick the day time feedings first. Replace them with a cup of milk or a snack or both. I did it all in the high chair after seeing that trying to cuddle up and feed milk in a cup instead of nursing just made him mad!! We dropped a late morning and late afternoon feeding this way. Then for the first feeding of the morning got changed to a cup of milk with breakfast. The bedtime ones are the hardest. That too became milk and a snack as part of the bed time routine. He now happily sips milk while hearing stories. If he resists YOU giving milk at bedtime, see if someone else can put him to bed for a while. For the sake of your comfort and his adjusting, take it all slow and just read his cues.

In the meantime, while still nursing, really do just be firm about biting. Take him off the breast and put him down. He needs to know it is not acceptable and he won't starve if he comes off early!

Belinda - posted on 08/07/2009

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If you don't want to stop breastfeeding then maybe try saying a firm No when he bites you and remove him from the breast and don't offer any more milk until the next time you would normally feed him. I did this with my daughter and she learnt pretty quickly to stop biting.

Nita - posted on 08/07/2009

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im not completely sure if you can get these where you live, but he we have nipple protectors...sounds a bit weird, but it sort of looks like a teat from a bottle with the top part cut off...they are brilliant..stick to you breast almost like suction as you wet them before placing it on, and it doesnt hurt to pull off...from what i can remember it was a lil bit expensive..a chemist might be able to tell you if they are available or where to get them from

Tessa - posted on 08/07/2009

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oooh, I haven't done this myself. I couldn't BF past 3 wks. Have you tried telling him 'no' firmly to discourage him from biting?

Hopefully you will get some answers soon to your queries. The mums on here a great and really helpful!!

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