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My lovely gummy 5 month old dd has just started to bite me whilst feeding.
It started out with a little nip at the end of the feed, but has turned into a problem of epic proportions. At some point during the feed she loses interest in actually sucking and starts chewing instead. At the moment I am taking her off the breast and saying "No!" (which I really think she is a bit young to understand) and changing sides.
I recently found out I am pg, so I'm thinking she may be unhappy with the taste already.
Anyone have any suggestions, I tried giving her a bottle but she just chewed that too.
I have been through this and found that I needed to be really alert - as soon as the sucking slowed down I had to un-attach her before she started to chomp (and she had teeth too so it was really "chomp"!) So at the end of the feed I got her off quickly, and as soon as she started fussing, I got her off. Her feeds will be more efficient now so she doesn't need as long on each side as she did even a few weeks ago.
I also breastfed for a while after I was pregnant and didn't notice DD seeing a difference in flavour - so don't worry too much about that. Like all other things that our bubbas do - it is a phase and things will change again just when you think you have a handle on it!
Good luck - and what you have been doing so far sounds like the right idea.
My little grl was also doing this for awhile- and she would smile up at me after she had done it (cheeky bugger) but i basically did what draught said- as soon as she stopped sucking i would move her over- but I also said "no, that hurts" if she managed to bite before i changed her! Not having too much prob now- but those gums sure are sharp!!!!
Best of luck with it!!!
My little grl was also doing this for awhile- and she would smile up at me after she had done it (cheeky bugger)
MJ does that :eek: She'll look, smile, BITE & laugh :rolleyes: But you know what, I still wouldn't change it for the world :D
LOL I used to get those cheeky grins too! MY DD is old enough now to understand when it hurts (I'm pregnant, and my nipples are ultra sensitive now!).
They may not understand waht you are saying, but they have a general understanding that it's not desirable behaviour when you take them off the boob when they bite.
It will pass :) most babies have a chomp on mama at some stage!
Hello Tinystar & every one
My baby is 11 mths and still B/F, He did go through a stage of 'going the chomp' so to speak, at about the same age, possibly a bit earlier, and I found this was the perfect time to start him on baby sign language. ;)
So what I would do is take him of (and he would cry to start with)
Then I would have him face to face and shake my fist (side to side shake and not fast) and say 'No I dont like it' .
He is now 11 mths 1 on 6th dec and he can sign his brothers when he doesn't get his own way, and if he doesn't like something, its quite cute.. :rolleyes:
so give it a try, its not hard and later down the track, which seems to get sooner (like didn't we just have christmas) you will certain benifit.
No body likes to have half their nipple ripped off, so hopefully this will help and there will be no more 'going the chomp' .ouch!!! :eek:
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