biting = weaning?

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biting = weaning?
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Sat, 09-11-2010 - 6:13pm

When Galete was about 6 mos old, a coworker asked how long I planned to nurse and I said I didn't know, I was leaving it open-ended.

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 7:33pm

My guess, because most people have weaned by the time their kids get their first teeth or certainly by their time their kid has several teeth. The rest are looking to wean shortly after anyway, so it becomes an easy excuse. As in, "why teach this kid not to bite when I'm going to wean him soon anyway?"

I don't think biting is really seen as a force driving weaning in and of itself, but rather more of an excuse. I know lots of people who think nothing of switching straight to cow's milk at 9-10 months, so they see themselves as having done enough.

That said, E got teeth right at four months, so there's no way I would have considered weaning. And having nursed her through a jagged broken front tooth and the eruption of all twenty teeth, I can honestly say it's no big deal.






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Sat, 09-11-2010 - 10:40pm

<< I can't entirely understand why this can't be dealt with and why it has to mean weaning.

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Sun, 09-12-2010 - 12:58am

ODD bit me a couple times long after she got her first tooth. She got teeth around 5 months but I think was closer to a year when she bit me. Whatever I did (I think I sternly said "OW!") got her attention and she stopped. It wasn't much of an issue since I was able to stop it quickly.

OSS was weaned by his mom when he was 6 weeks old because he bit her, he already had one tooth. Dh was trying to encourage then wife to continue but she said that's it, he bit her once and it really hurt, so he was done nursing. Dh again urged mom to keep nursing so to make her point she turned and bit dh. She came close to drawing blood. He dropped it and from then on OSS was ff'd.

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Sun, 09-12-2010 - 11:27am

You probably already tried this, but I am going to mention it just in case - because it's what finally worked for me.

Josh was a terrible biter and he would not let go! I could not get my finger in to break the suction, and it was frustrating. What my LLL leader said to do was to pull him into my breast for a few moments till he can't breathe and let go. Yes, I suffocated him with my breast! LOL

I only had to do that a few times before he finally stopped biting me. I guess he decided it wasn't as much fun now as it was when I would jump and yell, and struggle to get my finger into his mouth.




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Registered: 05-20-2008
Sun, 09-12-2010 - 11:43am

I think biting = weaning for many nursing moms for the following reasons:
*Some mothers just don't realize that babies can be taught to not bite while nursing.

*Some mothers simply use it as an excuse to justify their desire to quit BF'ing.

*Some mothers read it as a sign the baby simply no longer desires or needs to BF and should thus be weaned.

*Some mothers view the emergence of teeth as a sign that BF'ing should end just like some others view walking, talking, verbally asking for it, etc. as a sign of when to stop BF'ing, and biting is sign that the baby has enough teeth to justify weaning.

*Some mothers might want to continue BF'ing but cannot get their baby to stop biting and thus give up due to the pain.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 10:45am

Sorry to threadjack, but since we're on the subject...



Every time Brody is going to pop out a tooth, he uses my breast as a teether. He won't accept anything else. He's not actually biting per se, just angling his latch to focus on the sore spot, which makes his teeth rub against me and I get sore and sometimes chapped. He was a really late teether, so even though he's almost two, he still has more teeth to go. I know that the simple answer is to stop him and listen to the horrible crying, but I just can't take away his one source of comfort. I usually just give him pain meds before bed so he won't chew me up all night. I'm not sure if there's anything different that I could do, but if there is, I'd really like to know.



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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 11:11am

Would he chew on a damp terry facecloth that has been frozen - before nursing? I used to keep a damp facecloth in a baggie in the freezer while my babies were teething, ready to go at a moment's notice!

Perhaps if he could numb his gums for a bit, he would give you a break?




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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 11:32am
I could never do this (pull them into the breast to get them to let go/stop biting)

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 12:32pm
I only resorted to it because I could not get him to let go otherwise. Yelling, crying, trying to get my finger in there, nothing else worked. For Josh, that was the quickest way to get him to let go.




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Registered: 04-05-2010
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 1:33pm
Thanks for the suggestion. That seems like it would work, because it's similar to giving him pain meds beforehand. I'll try it, though, because I really don't like to give him too many medications.

Geneva



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