My 6 month old is teething and since the 1st tooth cut the gum, now when he "nibbles" it kills me. I don't know how to make it stop. It makes it hard to breast feed later because the nipple is sore, but also because I'm braced for a bite.

asked 03 Dec '09, 05:58

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My son started trying to bite me at about 5 1/2 months, and then two weeks later got his first teeth. (Those little teeth are surprisingly sharp!) When he first started biting (with just his gums), I would put my finger in his mouth to release the suction, and then gently, but firmly push on his gums and say, "No biting." The third time he would try to bite during a nursing session, I would remove him from the breast and try nursing again in a few minutes. He learned pretty quickly that biting equals not nursing.

Now, that his first teeth have come in, he still occasionally bites. I still push down on his gums or gently poke him in the cheek while saying, "No biting." But, he will generally stop biting with just one reminder now. Sometimes, like you, my nipples are sore after he bites. I've gone back to using the same techniques for sore nipples that the nurses taught me when we were just starting out with breastfeeding.

1) Express a bit of breast milk and rub in on the nipple. Then, let it air dry.

2) Use lanolin in between nursing sessions.

3) For really bad bites, you might want to get a prescription for Dr. Jack Newman's All Purpose Nipple Ointment. This stuff works like magic.

I've also noticed that my baby bites most often at the end of a nursing session when he is starting to lose interest and wanting to play. If you keep an eye on his level of interest in nursing, you might be able to pull him off before the bite happens. Check out Kelly Mom's Breastfeeding article called "When Baby Bites." La Leche League also has an article on biting. Kelly Mom gives a number of suggestions for ways to prevent biting for different biting situation such as when the baby bites at the end or a nursing session, when baby is teething, when baby bites at the beginning of a nursing session, when baby is distracted, etc. She also has an article on "Healing Tips for Nipple Cracks or Abrasions."

Good luck! I'm sure you're baby will learn quickly and you will be pain-free again very soon. :)


answered 03 Dec '09, 13:27

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That hurts so bad!!!! When my son did that, I just flicked his cheek a little (not too hard) and said, "no" . . . babies are smarter than you think :)! It worked after a couple of times and then I didn't have to worry about it anymore!


answered 03 Dec '09, 07:05

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This is what I did too and it only happened twice then he learned not to do it.

(04 Dec '09, 00:48) Sabrina

I accidentally shrieked "ouch!" a few times when my daughter bit me (soon after her first teeth came in)... She was so startled, she cried so pitifully, I had to try to tone down my reaction if she did it again. I think the few traumatizing shrieks did it, though, and she's stopped... Now (a few months and a few teeth later) anytime she accidentally lets her tongue slip out of the way, she unlatches herself and looks at me to see if I'm going to freak out on her! :)


answered 04 Dec '09, 17:57

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When I bit my mom, she just yanked me off. She said she only had to do it twice before I learned not to bite (I was a very serious eater as a baby).


answered 03 Dec '09, 17:23

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My Darwin's a pretty serious eater, too, but this method has yet to work. He's also pretty persistent, though.

(04 Dec '09, 16:48) DarwinsMom
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