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Thread: Biting while feeding?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Exclamation Biting while feeding?

    My five month old son has just recently cut his first tooth (one of the front bottom ones). It is pretty well in now, and has a pretty sharp point to it. I was feeding him the other day, and he chomped down on my nipple hard enough to draw blood. I got it away from him, cried a little, then put him on the other one and he did fine. He has clamped down on my right one several times since then (it is not as "high production" as the left), and this morning he chomped down again and drew blood (he didn't mean to this time - he was half asleep and finishing off/letting go),

    OMG, I am so sore, and it is just agony to let him nurse the right one right now. I know I have to to keep production up, so I'll suck it up, but what can I do to get him not to bite down?

    I know that there is no way to discipline a five month old... he has no idea of what he is doing or that it is hurting me. What I've been doing is just sticking my pinkie in his mouth as soon as I feel him start to clamp down, but I was half asleep myself this morning...

    Thanks in advance for the help!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Default Re: Biting while feeding?

    Unfortunately, there isn't much more you can do. Keep the lanolin on and that does help ease the pain and helps the wounds heal quicker. The drier the cut gets, the worse it can get.

    DS got me a few times so hard that I did have to nurse from one breast only for a day just to give the other some much needed relief. It was still extremely sore the next day when we nursed, but I do think the one day of rest helped out.

    FWIW, it was my right that DS cut up all the time. He never bit the left.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Default Re: Biting while feeding?

    I hadn't thought about going back to the Lansinoh

    Guess it would help a chewed up nipple just like it did back at the beginning.

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Default Re: Biting while feeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mom2hayleigh View Post
    I know that there is no way to discipline a five month old... he has no idea of what he is doing or that it is hurting me.
    There are actually things you can do to try and teach them not to bite. Here is some good info and tricks.

    Good luck. I know how it feels....
    I'm Hillary
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    Born at 32 weeks-3lbs/10oz
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