Biting while nursing

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Registered: 12-28-2007
Biting while nursing
Thu, 04-02-2009 - 2:53pm

So, I've been using a nipple shield since I brought dd home from hospital b/c latching issues.

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Registered: 07-30-2006
Thu, 04-02-2009 - 9:02pm
My first DS did this at about the same age as your child. I called my LC and she said to thump his cheek when he did it. Sounds horrible I know, but after a few times of biting I tried it and it worked. Good luck.
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Registered: 06-28-2006
Thu, 04-02-2009 - 9:23pm
My ds did this as well, and my LC told me to say firmly (not yelling) "No! I guess your all done!" And end the nursing session. I did this and after a few times he never did it again. Also When you notice that she is starting to get drowsy or distracted or even just playing, take her off the breast.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 04-04-2009 - 10:37am

Here are the tips we suggest to help moms with biting problems:

We don't suggest thumping, or tapping, because sometimes this backfires (as can "yelling *no* too loudly") and causes a pretty severe nursing strike.

You might also try teething remedies prior to nursing - not numbing gel, but something like Hylands teething tablets or gum massage, etc.:

Also watch your positioning, sometimes baby's bottom is too far away from your body and that can result in baby sort of "clamping" to stay on the breast, or "scraping" when nursing:

HTH :)