Biting/Nursing Problems

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-20-2009
Biting/Nursing Problems
Sat, 11-06-2010 - 9:01pm

My 11 1/2 month old and I are having some issues with nursing. He has 4 teeth on bottom and 4 on top. He never bit me until about a month ago. I reacted by screaming and I think that sent him into a nursing strike for a few days, as he used to nurse about 6-8 X a day and after the biting he would only nurse at nite a couple times while really sleepy. He had recently been nursing a bit better, before naps or sleepily at night. However, he has started to bite again, especially close to the end of a nursing sessions. It's not super hard, but it still freaks me out and it makes it hard for me to nurse him knowing he is going to try and clamp down. I try to put my pinky in there and remove him when he stops actively nursing, but then he just gets mad and screams.

Do you have any suggestions?? He doesn't take a bottle and I would like to be able to nurse him for at least a few more months.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 11-07-2010 - 4:00pm

It is good that you are recognising when he might bite. However, removing him when he is genuinely comfort nursing is making him mad.

It is also good that he has come back to nursing as screaming obviously did put him off for a bit.

Can you watch him, and catch him when he is about to bite?

One thing I did with my children if they bit was remove them from the breast and

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2008
Sun, 11-07-2010 - 9:47pm

I'm sorry you're going through this. This sounds like a tough situation and there's not a magic fix unfortunately. Teresa gave you some good thoughts. Here's some additional information on biting:

Hang in there!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 2:37am

Try the suggestion in the following article for dealing with biting during breastfeeding and hopefully one of them will work for you: