My 8 month old does have teeth yet but she seems to be on the verge of getting them. We do baby led weaning so she has learned to gnaw/chew with her gums when she has food and now she is doing it on me. Any ideas? How do I get her not to do this? It is pretty painful and I imagine it will be worse when she actually has teeth.
she does it on you on your nipple, or other places like your finger, arm, shoulder? you can definitely redirect her to gnaw on more appropriate things; sometimes i substitute my finger for my shoulder, or a teething ring for my finger.
if she bites your nipple, you can a) remove her by sticking your finger in the corner of her mouth, to break the latch, offer a teether, then offer to nurse again, or b) pull her in to your breast and she'll release the latch when she needs to breath
Eeep! No fun being a teether!! :yikes
As PP mentioned, having a teether nearby is a good idea + being ready to break the latch is important too.
Being consistent is key. Baby will learn eventually that the gnawing the breast = milk bar closure. If you smile/laugh or make a game of it then you might create what your LO believes is a fun game ("if I bite mom she makes funny noises, silly lady! i'm going to do it AGAIN"). :p