My 6 month old daughter has just sprouted 2 teeth in the last 3 weeks and as a result is biting me so often. She's mix fed, bottles during the day and bf at night and throughout the night, so she probably bites the teats on the bottles so thinks my nipples are ok to bite. I'm so anxious about feeding her that I spend the whole feed all clenched up, anticipating a bite. I don't want to wean her yet but I don't know how I can continue with her biting me. People say its just a phase, but has it been a long term thing for anyone that resulted in you weaning?
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16-08-2013 20:15 #1
Have you had to wean because of biting?
16-08-2013 20:29 #2
Subbing, I am so petrified of this lol jr I hope she stops biting soon!
16-08-2013 20:30 #3
No, I had isolated biting incidents with all my boys, but I would always take then straight off theboob and say "no biting!" and then a bit later try again. I found they would only bite when they were not really hungry, or at the end of a feed and had a lazy latch going on.
Yes, I can imagine it could be confusing with having bottles that she CAN bite on. However, she should be able to learn not to bite you, with constant reinforcement.
16-08-2013 20:36 #4
Yes. There are lots if different methods to curb biting and it can be a phase. Look at kellymom for info. I had to wean ds1. He got two teeth at 5mths and bit me every feed. He drew blood pretty much ever y time. I had many infections and even required antibiotics. At 7.5mths he got 5 more teeth(total of 7). I weaned him within two Weeks after being bitten once with 7 teeth.
Ds2 bit me once, I told him "dont bite it hurts mummy, no more milk" then I put him down and walked away. He screamed and never bit me again.
Eta: I pt up with the biting for almost 3mths. I tried everything and then tried eveything again.
Last edited by IndigoJ; 16-08-2013 at 21:03.
16-08-2013 20:40 #5
Eeek sorry no advice here but I remember how painful that was. DD1 used to bite (only a few times, she seemed to learn pretty quickly not too but she was older than your DD when she did it) and the short sharp sudden pain is awful. My DS never bit me once, he respected the nipple lol
16-08-2013 20:43 #6
My DS1 went through a biting stage for a few months when he was about 11 months old. I was saying no biting and taking him off the breast when he did it and he was laughing at me. I figured out that he always bit me when he was taking a break from a feed and would cut feeds short to avoid a bite. He eventually got the message that biting wasn't on (thank goodness as it hurt soooooo much) and hasn't done it again. He's still having 1-2 feeds a day at 19 months.
16-08-2013 20:50 #7
16-08-2013 20:51 #8
My daughter bit me for a few weeks when she got her first 2 teeth (at about 5 months I think). I would pull head in close straight away (opens the jaw more, and they can't bite down) and then either take her off or hold her in really close until she pulled off. I never said anything, but after a couple of weeks she stopped doing it.
There have been a couple of isolated incidents since (she's nearly 11 months and has 7 teeth), but I always use the same approach and it has worked quite well with her.
16-08-2013 20:57 #9
My ds went through a phase of biting and i felt exactly as you described. It made me want to wean as well but thankfully ds stopped. Like other pp have to say stop no biting. A couple of times I had to stick my pinky in ds mouth to get him to release, it was painful!!
16-08-2013 21:43 #10
I did the pinky release plenty of times, and would take dd off the breast straight away and say "no more milk" and put her down on the floor. Not sure if it made any real difference but i felt like I had to do something.
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