Re: We have a biter
IMO, flicking isn't an option. Flicking is just hitting by another name, right? And mamas who react strongly or emotionally or physically sometimes end up with babies who are afraid to go back to the breast, and then biting turns into a nursing strike. this happened to a friend of mine- she screamed when the baby bit her and the baby would not go back to the breast. She ended up weaning at 9 months, not by choice!
When a baby bites, the best things you can do are:
1. Prevent the bite by identifying when he is likely to bite, and taking him off the breast before a bite can occur. Most babies bite towards the end of a feeding when they are no longer feeding actively, and are just "playing around".
2. If you miss the "I'm gonna bite" cue, and he nips you, remove him from the breast, tell him "No biting, hurts mama!" in a gentle but firm tone, and put him down. Don't pick him up or resume the feeding for a minute or so, at least. He should eventually realize that biting means the immediate end of his time at the breast, but it may take multiple repetitions before you really get this concept burned into his little brain.
Good luck, mama! I know biting is no fun!
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