My DS is now 7.5months old, has had his bottom two teeth for a couple of months and is now teething again. One top tooth has just emerged. Over a past few days he has started biting/ chewing on me during feeds with his bottom teeth which are like little razors. I am giving him cold teethers to chew prior to feeds, bonjela on gums, stretching feeds so he's really hungry when he gets on, being strict with correct attachment and saying "no" and detaching....we've had mixed and inconsistent success.
I am hoping that this is just connected to teething and will be a short phase.
Have been feeling a little fragile as am worried that my BF journey may end earlier than I'd hoped and BF is the thing that I've felt really proud of.
I know it's stupid but I feel like it has redeemed me as a mother as I've felt a twinge of failure due to having an emergency c-section.
Please understand that rationally I know that it doesn't matter 'how' just that my baby came into the world healthy.
However, I can't help but have a small feeling of failure still whenever I hear of someone I know delivering naturally.... Like a bit of disappointment in myself that I wasn't a natural mother and Breastfeeding has always made me really good.
Just looking for some success stories of mums who've overcome the biting....or perhaps have overcome guilt over silly birth story comparisons.....
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26-06-2012 12:08 #1
Biting bub :( feeling a little low and just need some encouragement
26-06-2012 12:19 #2
On the birth note have you looked at the birth rights website?
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26-06-2012 12:23 #3
I TOTALLY understand what you mean about redeeming yourself!
I found DD would sometimes bite me if he head wasn't fully supported and she was getting tired, start to slip off and her reaction was to bite me. I immediately took her off, put her down and said very sternly "No!". If I put my hand behind her head so she couldn't slip off she didn't bite.
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26-06-2012 12:25 #4
Thanks, will try your technique, good point about the hungry impatient baby....will stop stretching him.
In regards to the birth I actually had a really good labour but after an hr of pushing it became apparent that the opening to my pelvis was just too small for my already severely moulded babies head to enter the birth canal and c-section was our only option.... I think the fact that the whole labour to that point had gone so well has made it harder to accept that couldn't finish what I started...I guess I just need to let it go and move past it....actually didn't realise it still bothered me till I heard news of my cousin delivering naturally....
26-06-2012 12:26 #5Senior Member
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My Dd went through the same phase - I think at about 9 months. Oh my god was it painful - it felt like she'd bitten off half my nipple! But she only did it for a few days (felt like forever at the time though). I agree with Thermolicious - detach, say a firm 'No!' and place on the ground for a few minutes. I hope it doesn't last too much longer for you.
I'm not sure about the birth aspect sorry - I'm sure some other hubbers will have some helpful suggestions for you.
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26-06-2012 12:29 #6
I completely understand how you feel This was happening to me recently. The biting lasted six weeks and he was drawing blood most feeds. I was so distressed about possibly weaning as I was in alot of pain and became quite fearful to feed DS. Every time he bit I would do as OP said and push him into my boob to get him off, tell him no and put him down for a few moments. If he continued to bite I would put him on the floor for longer periods. I couldn't see past it at the time but happy to say we've had no biting the past couple of weeks. Good luck
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26-06-2012 12:37 #7
Thanks guys, really great to hear from those who have come out the other side! I really appreciate you taking the time to give your support!
28-06-2012 20:00 #8
Thanks again for all the support! The biting seems to have stopped just ensured attachment was good, bottom tucked right in close to my body and detached him calmly each time he'd bite and make him wait a minute before reattaching!
I am so relieved and grateful to those of you who offered your suggestions!
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