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Old 03-28-2008, 06:53 AM   #11
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I screamed the first time she did it and it scared her and she stopped!

me too

I pay close attention and can tell when she is about to...before she even bits hard, I let out a yelp or I say her name loudly and she startles...

she realy only does it if she doesn't want to nurse or is done...

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I'm having trouble with biting too (ds is a little over 7 months, 2 bottom teeth). I took this advice and did this and he went on a 5 hour nursing strike. He was p.o'd at me.
I have to update on this....he hasn't bit since. He *looked* like he was going to bite the other day (didn't open up for a good latch) and I just nicely reminded him to "not bite mommy, don't hurt mommy". He opened up wide and went on about his business I don't think he's been overly traumatized and I'm not getting bit
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Old 03-28-2008, 08:39 AM   #13
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I hear your pain. My little guy is still nursing, but it is a cautious business at times. About 7 months he started to bite too. He had "gummed" me hard a few times earlier, but with teeth it hurt. His older brother was really intense about it and one reason I weaned him earlier (14 mos).

Bean Baby still bites occassionally but has improved tremendously, especially as he is old enough to understand when I tell him "no biting, no pinching or no nummy." Of course he is also really weaning himself lately, so will soon be a non-issue.

The method that worked best for me was to take him off and and just hold him a few minutes (when he was tiny), then we would nurse again and he usually got the message. One day we did have lots of on and off, he was teething.

Also as a toddler I noticed the biting would occur if he was just BFing for fun and not really all that hungry. That can happen with younger babies too. So watch your LO while you are nursing for signs that he is finished or restless, then pop him off before he tests out those teeth again.

A LLL friend recommended the smush into the breast, but that never worked and yelling "ouch" just made him laugh.

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Old 03-28-2008, 08:52 AM   #14
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Mamas, I am so saddened to hear about mamas flicking, pinching, popping, smacking, leaving lo's to cry, etc. their babies to remedy the biting. I know it is frustrating/painful....but to discipline an infant who hasn't quite made the connection between cause and effect, imo seems cruel. But then, I am not a believer in physical discipline anyway, so my opinion may be skewed. As another posters stated, babies don't bite to be cruel/hurtful, and most times aren't even aware. I nursed until ds was 14 months, CLW...and we worked through the biting....I just removed him from the breast when he bit, and was very consistent with that. It solved the problem very quickly. I am not saying this will work for other mamas, but I just hope that everyone would try methods that do not involve inflicting pain or physical consequences on their child. I know how difficult it can be....wishing you gentle, quick resolutions.
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Old 03-28-2008, 01:38 PM   #15
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I had a lot of issues with my son biting for a while. He'd clamp down and laugh. He's still a stinker today. The only way I could get him to release would be to plug his nose. I'd refuse to BF him for a minute or two. Consistency is key. After we did that a few times, he realized "ok, this isn't going to work. I'll stop."

Of course, since I nursed him 31 months, we went through this a couple times...but there would always be a good gap in between.
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Dr. Sears suggests pulling baby quickly towards you when they bite. It makes them open their mouth quickly (and no, it doesnt smother them, its really quick) then reminding them gently not to bite or removing them from the breast.
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Dr. Sears suggests pulling baby quickly towards you when they bite. It makes them open their mouth quickly (and no, it doesnt smother them, its really quick) then reminding them gently not to bite or removing them from the breast.
Yep, that's what my LLL friends called the "smush". Never worked for either Bean baby or his Big Bro. In fact sometimes made them bite harder (Owwww).

I just took them off the breast, worked great. No punishment involved, just natural consequence: Bite the nummies, nummies are gone.
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I just went through this with my dd and it was terrible! Very painful and even bled several times. The most helpful thing I learned is that if the baby is latched on properly then they can't bite. So if you feel them start to loosen their suck, pay close attention as this is when they can potentially bite. My baby was biting toward the end of the feeding, so now when she stops actively sucking, I take that as a cue she's probably done.
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DS just cut his second tooth (first at four months, second at five months), both are in the front on the bottom. I'm worried about biting, particularly with him being so young and possibly not being able to put the no bite, no food thing together. Anyone have babies cut teeth really early?
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Re: bf'ing and biting

DD is 7 months with 2 bottom and 3 top teeth. She got her first 2 at 3 months...She only really bites when she has new teeth to "try" out or when she is teething. I kinda yelp I guess if she bites me and it will usualy scare her into stopping. If she keeps it up when she is trying out her new teeth then I take the boob away. She isnt into eating anyways...she doesnt seem to care when it is just something to chew on. Now that shes got top teeth it hurts way more. If she keeps it up I will have to ween her, but for now we are taking it one bite at a time.
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