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25 August 2006 @ 02:37 pm
What advice do you all have for when your baby bites during a nursing session? My 4 1/2 month old daughter already has two teeth broken through on the bottom and the top teeth will be in very soon. She has bitten me several times over the past week, getting progressively worse. Today she drew blood. I've tried just taking her off immediately and setting her down, but at 4 1/2 mos I'm not sure she makes the connection between the bite and being removed from the breast. At first the biting would happen towards the end of a feeding, so I started unlatching her when I knew she had eaten enough and was just sucking for pleasure. This last bite though was right in the middle of a feed. I looked up advice on several breastfeeding sites, but most of those sites seem to assume that the biter is an older infant or a toddler.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
Joangoodjoan on August 25th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Any chance her latch is slipping? If they are latched on right, the tongue is coveing the lower teeth so they can't bite. In order to bite, she'd have to unlatch and chomp down. I'd guess that either she's slipping off and making a last ditch grab before the nipple slips out of her mouth, or she's playing and not nursing. I'd suggest keeping a close eye on her ears. When a baby has a "nutritive suck" meaning they are getting milk, their ears wiggle with their jaw movement! When they are just goofing around or sicking for comfort, no ear movement! So watch her nursing and when her ears stop wiggling, get your finger in there and break the latch and take her off. Burp her, offer her a toy, see if she's really done. If she flops back over and wants more, relatch her and get her on as far back as possible so she doesn't slip and nab. It might help to use a pillow or try a different position for nursing and see if that helps!
I love you and there's nothing you can do about itmoonsend on August 25th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Even babies as young as 4.5 months can (and will) learn that if they bite, their beloved nipple will dissapear and mommy will be unhappy. And if they learn that every time they bite, they end up sitting on the floor, then usually the biting will stop. Not immediately, but it will eventually set in.
rainnxonxme on August 25th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that if my kitten can learn that biting hard while playing and using claws are unacceptable, a baby can learn that biting = no more nipple!