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Thread: A story about my teething infant...when he bites!

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    Hush, little baby, don’t say a word….mama’s gonna buy you a mocking-bird….and if that mocking-bird don’t sing…..OWWWWWWWWWWW!

    My lackadaisical nursing session has been interrupted by the bite of a smiling squirming nursling….he has drawn blood!

    According to La Leche League International in regards to when a breastfeeding baby bites:

    (1) A bite from your baby can be truly painful, and worse, it keeps you tense in the fear that it will happen again. It’s hard to relax and enjoy breastfeeding when your baby has bitten you. Babies who bite are seldom asking to be weaned. There are many reasons for a baby’s biting, but the most common one is teething. Sometimes babies bite before their first teeth come in, but usually it’s after the front teeth are in and the others are working their way down those hot, sore gums. Other reasons could be a cold or an ear infection (it’s hard for your baby to swallow while breastfeeding if his nose is blocked), stress, or even a way of getting mother’s undivided attention.
    I remember being afraid of the prospect of nursing a child with teeth. During my first pregnancy family members and co-workers asked questions about my plans to breastfeed and of course wanted to know how long I would HAVE to do it. Then with a look of horror on their face they’d exclaim, “You’re going to breastfeed for a whole year?! He’ll have teeth by then!”

    La Leche League International explains that when a child with teeth is latched properly, drinking productively there is no pain for the mother.

    (2) Some people assume that when a baby gets teeth it’s time to wean. They may believe that baby teeth make breastfeeding painful for mothers. But as long as a baby is breastfeeding correctly, breastfeeding won’t hurt, even after two, or four, or a whole mouthful of teeth have poked through baby’s gums. Like many other challenges in parenting, the anticipation of teething is often worse than the actual experience.

    This definitely rings true with me. I nursed my oldest son for 23 months. Of course, he had a mouthful of teeth and I never had pain during breastfeeding (even when he was doing headstands and flips while latched…nursing toddlers is a totally different experience). However, at 6.5 months old with new front teeth, he too, bit through the skin…I have the scar to prove it!

    So, now I’ve been twice bitten. I’ll have a scar from both children. I’ll nurse this wound for about a week…I’ll wince when he latches and unlatches and latches again. I’ll definitely be watching his little jaw with anticipation of another attempt to use mommy as a teething toy. I would not even consider weaning at this stage in my son’s life. In fact I think I will cherish my 2 scars as badges to motherhood and the bond that I have shared with my little nurslings.


    1.If Your Baby Bites By Barbara Taylor
    Revised and adapted by Nancy Jo Bykowski from an article that originally appeared in NEW BEGINNINGS, November-December 1990
    From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 16 No. 2, March-April 1999, pp. 36-39
    2.http://www.llli.org/FAQ/bite.html, INTERNET
    Last edited by @llli*LLLKaren; February 26th, 2011 at 01:39 PM.

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    Default Re: A story about my teething infant...when he bites!

    Thanks for sharing. My LO bites already, even though he doesn't have teeth yet. I think he is in the beginning stages of teething - lots of drool, runny nose sometimes and chewing on everything he can get to his mouth - but no buds or redness or swelling yet...and I'm am VERY scared of that first tooth.

    I just got my nipples & breasts back to healthy and he's 15 weeks old...the cracks finally healed once I found out I had Raynaud's and started treating it. So - it's nice to hear some battle stories before I begin mine But the last few days he's been chomping down with his gums - so I'm fairly certain a bite, or more, is inevitable.

    But if all my past troubles didn't stop me, I'm going to forge through this one too, and it's always helpful to hear from others that it's possible! Thank you!
    Proud mama to Matthew Rory, born naturally 10/29/10, and mama to Callie Elisabeth, born naturally 5/15/12.

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    Feb 2011

    Default Re: A story about my teething infant...when he bites!


    I'm glad my recollection helped you see that yes, you can power through it and you will survive! Sore nipples are the wors, however we women are strong and our mothering instinct carries us through the most uncomfortable situations.

    When he bites you (or nibbles on you) just pull him off the breast for a moment, make eye contact and then continue, try this each time and hopefully he'll get the message

    Good luck with his teething...some start teething VERY early and then not get teeth for like 6 months! Every baby is different.

    Have a great night!!
    Holistic Health Practioner, Wife, Blogger and most importantly Mommy to my 2 little sidekicks!
    Nursed N for 23 months...round the clock!
    B is 8.5 months and still going strong!

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