My 19 month toddler is biting. He hasn't done this since he was tiny and didn't know any better. I haven't been able to nurse him for two days now because as soon as he latches, he clamps his teeth down - deliberately, while looking at me. Tonight he even said 'mommy bite ow' afterwards so he knows what he's doing. I suspect he thinks it's a game, or maybe it's an experiment to see what he can get away with or what my reaction will be. I've tried to respond the same way each time. I stay as calm as I can and say, 'No biting. Ow, that hurts Mommy' and then I put him on the floor, walk away and get busy in the kitchen and ignore him for about a minute, which he doesn't like but I believe he does understand why it's happening. After that, I get him involved in a new activity.
The first time it happened, I let him re-latch and he just kept doing the same thing, so I'm stopping the nursing session at the first bite so it doesn't become a game. A friend told me this meant the end of nursing for her. Is there any solution? What else should I be trying? I'll be heartbroken if I can't fix this because he loves 'kikis' and I don't get the feeling he's ready to stop.
BTW, I don't think he's teething or sick.
And another BTW! This is happening in the midst of a lot of developmental leaps, night waking, refusal to take naps and separation anxiety. Does that have something to do with it?
Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to explain the whole situation and what I've already tried.