Help! My almost 9 month old keeps biting me. He presently has an ear infection, so that might be contributing, but every time I offer the breast while he is fully awake, he takes just the nipple and gives it a nip and then SMILES like he is proud as punch. I don't know what to do. I have resorted to pumping and giving a bottle every time because he's hungry and I am unwilling to be injured repeatedly. How do we get through this? I am worried that my repeat negative reactions to being bitten will lead to a nursing strike or bottle dependency. But I like having my nipples in one piece.