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Thread: biting still... worried I'm causing a strike... Pls help...

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    Default biting still... worried I'm causing a strike... Pls help...

    My 9 month old is biting. He has 4 teeth, and he's starting to bite more and more. I'm terrified each time we nurse now... Scared of him biting me and scared that my reaction is going to upset him and scared that I'm going to cause him to strike. I react rather strongly with a, "No Biting!" and attempt to get a finger in the corner of his mouth, but most of the time I just end up quickly poking him in the cheek bc it has to happen so quick and it hurts! He ends up crying, but he'll bite the next go 'round too. He mostly bites on my left side, although the right is fair game too. He'll even bite for our night time nursing session. Most of the time it's at the beginning of the feeding, which doesn't really make sense to me. This past time he bit me right off and he hadn't nursed or had solids in over 3 hrs. Any suggestions? Thoughts? Advice? Thank you!!
    Erin
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    Default Re: biting still... worried I'm causing a strike... Pls help...

    Ouch!

    Try to assure that his mouth is WIDE open before latching. Once he's latched on, try to pay full attention to him. If you see tension building in the jaw, that's a sure sign that he will bite. Keep a finger ready to break the suction. Remember that a baby that is actively nursing *cannot* bite. It's physically impossible. So, watch for signs of boredom.

    Here's some helpful information:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/teeth.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/bite.html

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    Default Re: biting still... worried I'm causing a strike... Pls help...

    Hi - if he's teething, you may want to pull him off for a bit and give him a cold teether or something cold to chew on until his gums feel better. He's most likely biting you cuz his gums/teeth bother him, not because he thinks it's funny or amusing.
    Once he's had the cold teether activate the numbness in his gums, he will be less likely to bite you when you feed him next.
    Good luck!

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    Default Re: biting still... worried I'm causing a strike... Pls help...

    Hello...My DD is only 4.5 months old and hasn't broken any teeth through yet..But I wanted to share...

    I've found the quickest way (for me) to get DD off the breast isn't to put my finger in her mouth, but to press on my breast/nipple right next to her mouth... It works just fine, my DD has a VERY vigerous suck, and she always comes right off. She hated when I'd root around the corner of her mouth (even as a newborn). I've found I can pop her off extremely quicly by breaking suction that way.

    I just thought it was some thing to try if you're in a hurry and don't want to be jabbing at your LO's cheeks/ worry that it's scaring him or some thing.

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    Default Re: biting still... worried I'm causing a strike... Pls help...

    I read a book called "The Baby Book" it was written by a couple who have eight children and they address this in the book. They said to be careful about scaring the baby with a yell or a flick in order to avoid a breastfeeding strick but they did suggest pressing the baby firmly in on your breast to bring them closer and force them to open their mouth up in order to get more air. They said after a few times of this uncomfortable feeling they usually will get the idea and stop biting. I recommend the book if you get a chance. It is written by William and Martha Sears. He is a doctor and she is a nurse. I got a lot of good information out of it.

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    Default Re: biting still... worried I'm causing a strike... Pls help...

    Thanks for your responses. I was really stressed out abt it. I was worried that he'd get a good bite in and I'd have a hard time nursing him and even pumping with the puncture. Things are getting better... I was reacting quite strongly though (not purposefully) and I think hurting his feelings. I've been trying to talk to him abt it before hand (not sure how much he's getting from it but I figure it might help) and then praising him softly during with encouraging words. If he starts to bite I still tense up pretty obviously (I can't help it) and get a finger in, but trying to make it calmer. I also am just focusing on him, without resting my head back or reading to the side. I'm thinking that might even be part of it... that he wants my complete attention. Little stinker! He's going through the "mommy separation" stage and I think this might be an extension of it. Not sure, but I just wanted to post an update. Thanks!
    Erin
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