Post # 1
That’s what I feel like telling my almost 6 month old when she is breastfeeding now.
For the most part, she does a good job of not biting me with her new teeth, but when she’s close to finished, she likes to nibble a bit. Any advice on how to abate this? I’m not sure how long I’m going to continue breastfeeding, but if this keeps up, I’m done now! 🙂
Post # 3
Yikes I have no advice but just wanted to say that must hurt!! Ouch!! I hope the awesome mommies on this board give you some good feedback.
Post # 4
I’ve heard you should pull baby into you even though the gut reaction is to pull away. If you pull baby into you, supposedly it forces their jaw open a litte wider or makes it uncomfortable for them to nurse so they stop biting to change what they are doing or something to that effect. We aren’t there yet but I’m not looking forward to it.
Post # 5
I had this problem with new teeth at first. What we did was gently detach her and say “No, no more milk. All done.” She wouldn’t get any milk for a while after that. I didn’t think it would work, but it only happened about about 5 times before she figured it out.
Post # 6
I’ve heard of mother’s gentling flicking bubs on the cheek when they bite – they don’t flick so it hard it hurts but just enough that baby gets the idea that nibbling isn’t cool!
Post # 7
Ouchie! DS was a biter too! By 6 months he had 2 teeth with the top two cutting and he thought biting things was a great game. So I had to stop breastfeeding 🙁 I really wanted to BF until he was one but the biting just made it unbearable. He was such a great breastfeeder too, we had no problems at all and I had a ton of milk, I was so upset and disappointed.
I hope you find a solution! Ask your doctor or a lactacion consultant for tips maybe?
Post # 8
I have heard to pull baby into you closer as well just like pelikila said. Good luck!!
Post # 9
I know some people really don’t like the idea of these but they have nipple shields you can use for exactly this. But like I said, I know a lot of people have problems with putting something between mom and baby.
Post # 10
Hey all! Thanks for the suggestions. I have tried pulling her closer to me and that doesn’t seem to work very well. @firsttimemom: I have a nipple shield from early on in breastfeeding but honestly, I’d like to continue breastfeeding but if she’s more interested in biting me we are done! 🙂 She’s actually not bad because she will eat first and then just nip towards the end so maybe I can put up with it!
Post # 11
I could not deal with the pull closer technique either… Luckily the delatch and remove worked pretty well. I found if I pushed in, she’d just mash down more.
Post # 12
Bite her back. 🙂
Maybe when she starts to wind down detach her before she has a chance to nip you.