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aschrimp 04-24-2006 07:53 PM

Nursing a Biter
Lexy now has 4 teeth, and HE BITES :eek: . Most nursings, I get at least a good nip. Before his nap, he bit me 3 times. (I stop nursing for several min each time he bites, but it doesn't seem to be working). I would, obviously, love some advice...


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itsmelanie 04-24-2006 08:27 PM

Re: Nursing a Biter
OH MY GOODNESS, choke, gasp~!! You are SO right with the comparison. I've taken to referring to Brendan as B-Rex today. :-/ I have no advice for you, but I can send you LOADS of sympathy. B-Rex has the same four teeth, and his top teeth look exactly like your son's. I have been pulling him in really close when he bites and he will always let go. Doesn't prevent the bite, but at least it stops it. Momentarily, anyway.

I hope your son and mine both outgrow this stage QUICKLY.

I'll be watching this thread to see if anyone has some good advice.

aschrimp 04-24-2006 08:48 PM

Re: Nursing a Biter
We've affectionately named him Chompers (when he isn't biting my nipple, just everything else) and Piranah when he is...
Last Wed, he went for 8 1/2 hrs without nursing for more than 30 seconds at a time, because he KEPT biting - hard, and not letting go!
Sometimes, I think it is accidental. Other times, I watch him get this glint in his eyes, right before he bites down (of course, never in time to do anything about it).

jenmamahen 04-25-2006 12:40 PM

Re: Nursing a Biter
When he bites, push his head gently toward (yes, you read that right!) your breast. His nose wil be pushed against your breast, which will hinder his breathing and he'll let go of your breast so he can breathe. Then you can stop the nursing session and say something like "No bite" and then offer the breast again in a few minutes if he seems to need to nurse. This is what I did with my son and it worked very well. Good luck!

itsmelanie 04-25-2006 01:37 PM

Re: Nursing a Biter
That's exactly what we do. It does make him let go. It also makes him quite angry. Whatever works though. I have made sure that he has loads of teethers whenever he's playing, hoping that will help. So far it hasn't but I'm still hopeful ...

giggle giggle ... piranha ... OUCH though!

aschrimp 04-25-2006 01:46 PM

Re: Nursing a Biter
He doesn't seem to care when I take him off. I mean, sometimes he does because he wants to nurse, but a lot of time he will lay there and roll around and play, not even complain about it. Even when he gets upset, it's more just that he roots around insistantly. It's like he doesn't even connect that the meal was just ended because he bit. And I can't starve him!
He was this same way when we were approaching 8 hrs that one day (with no nursing because he bit me every time), so I *know* it's not because he's not hungry.
I do the pulling him in to me thing if he isn't letting go, but usually he bites real quick, and lets go. We have tons to teething toys, but the only things he likes to chew on are keys and his fingers (and me!).

riandkymommy 04-25-2006 02:04 PM

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I made a thread that is about the same thing!! I am sending you my sympathy and watching your thread also!

I heard from someone else about the pushing the baby's head towards the breast, so it works hey? I will have to try it!!

Good luck mama!!

aschrimp 04-25-2006 02:50 PM

Re: Nursing a Biter
It makes him let go if he is hanging on, and it is faster than the sucked on finger into the corner of the mouth when speed is of the essence. :)

But it has done nothing to discourage my dear little chomper from chomping. It's been about a week now, and I still get several hard bites a day.

Some days I think it's a good thing we have no formula in the house, because if I had it, I would be tempted to use it. I was so bruised one day last week I couldn't do up my nursing bra, it hurt so much.

ltelly00 04-27-2006 01:57 AM

Re: Nursing a Biter
DD is a biter when she's teething. We rarely have problems any other time, but when she's teething, it's a totally different story! All I can do is offer hugs!!!

grantsmamma 04-28-2006 01:32 PM

Re: Nursing a Biter
i feel your pain!! i have an occassional chomper too--with the exact same 4 razor sharp teeth! pushing the head in never really did much for us either. my la leche league leader suggested that whenever he bites i should take him off and give him something else to chew on, and that has totally worked for us. if he bites me, then i take him off, give him his favorite wooden toy to chew on for 10 min or so, then i put him back on and usually there is no more biting! i think it eases his pain enough that he doesn't feel the need to gnaw on me. that being said, although he doesn't bite as much now, i do sometimes find little teeth marks on my boob just from him nursing. HTH!

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