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How to stop biting?

ann arbor, MI
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How to stop biting?

I have a 4.5 month old who has started biting me towards the end of her breastfeeding sessions. She always makes a noise first so I can usually pull her off before she bites me, but sometimes I’m just a little too slow. Any tips?

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  1. Try to pay very close attention to your baby when she is nursing. Babies bite most often when they first latch on or as soon as they are finished feeding. Make sure that she opens her mouth wide when she first latches on. Also watch her closely so that you can take her off the breast as soon as she stops sucking. If she does bite, pull her face towards your breast, forcing her to let go, then end the nursing session right away. Try not to get angry and scold her as some babies find this to be funny. If mommy makes a funny face and yells, she may want to try it again next time to see if she gets the same reaction!

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  2. My lactitcian taught me to use a finger at the corner of his/her mouth to break the latch if you have a biter, tell them do not bite, mommy doesn’t like it and let them try again. Repeatedly breaking a bite latch will usually make them not do so in the future. We have relapses here and never fall asleep with a biter sleeping on you. lol Learned THAT one the hard way the other night. YOUCH!

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  3. After reading the suggestion on another site, I started thumping my son on the nose (not hard enough to hurt, but enough to startle him) when he bit me. I swear, he only bit me maybe a handful of times, and he had teeth at 7 months old and nursed until 14.5 months old. The biting all happened within about a week, too. But every time he did it, I would thump him, he would let go and look confused, and then I wouldn’t let him latch again for a minute or so. He would cry then because he was hungry, but he learned that he wasn’t allowed to eat if he bit me. Once I didn’t even thump him because I was so caught off guard that I screamed when he bit (it really really hurt!), and he broke the latch himself and cried and cried and cried. You’d think he had been the one to receive the bite! It still hurt me, but I had to console him! Haha!

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