With my first, she bit when I didn't expect it. I screamed out in pain. It scared the bejesus out of her, and she was actually afraid to nurse... but, never did it again, ha.
With my second, same thing. Bit once, I screamed. Scared her. I think she may have done it by accident a few more times, but easy peasy.
This is my 3rd. She is 14 months. She has two bottom and two top teeth. There are 4 uppers trying to break through at the same time, so this child is a biting beast. She bites everything. My arms, cheeks, fingers... bites while she is blowing raspberries on my belly... and, of course, when she nurses. I am acually at the point of wanting to give up, even though I usually nurse them til they are 2... she has milk protien issues, as does her middle sister, so I struggle with this.
I have tried yelling "NO BITE". It makes her laugh. I have unlatched and put her down, while saying "No bite!" which makes her cry... but, usually, as soon as I trust her enough to try and feed, she gets this little smile, and CHOMP! So, our nursing sessions usually have her nursing, while I have one hand poised to unlatch at a second's notice. Oh, it makes her mad... but, day before yesterday, she bit me every single time I nursed. (She was also up until 1230 screaming and crying in pain from her teeth...we do sign language, so she kept telling me her mouth hurt). I feel bad for her, but I am actually kinda scared of my own kid, haha.
It's interesting how all kids are different. She KNOWS she isn't supposed to do it... but, where my yelps scared her sisters, she finds the whole thing to be a game and quite hysterical. So, I have taken to trying not to react, except to say "No bite. OUCH!", doing the "pain" sign, immediately putting her down and walking out of the room. She asks for "nee nee", and I tell her "No nee nees for biters". Yesterday, she bit me 3 times. Today (while it is only 930), I have nursed her twice, and she hasn't so far. Though, she was half asleep this morning and every time she would stop actively nursing, I broke her suction. I hate being so tense while feeding her. Used to, it was such a nice time to cuddle and love. Now, it's like watching a horror movie. So suspenseful.
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I unlatch by Pkoking my pinky in the corner of the mouth. This should break suction and also prevents them from bringing their jaw together. As much as it hurts, my body often rewards the bite with greater milk flow so it's important the baby isn't on to get that "reward."
When my son was that age I would say "No bite" or something like that and unlatch him. Well not that age, he got his first teeth at 6 mo. and then 6 more before 8 months. Anyway, he'd usually do it for a few days and then stop. Always while his teeth were coming in. I never thought of it as a reason to stop although it hurts, it's a quick pain and not permanent. Anyway, when you unlatch them they catch on quickly. Also, if it's directly related to teething the biting will stop when she feels a little more comfortable.
But, I will say he still bites at almost 12 mo. and now it's because he's sitting at an odd angle or too excited when it's milk time.
I would just say "no" and take her off the breast. Wait a few moments and then resume nursing. Repeat if needed. Usually it just takes a few days for them to figure it out.
If you really pay attention you can sometimes predict the bite. After they drink for a minute or 2 and take a break, watch for signs she might bite and try to unlatch first. Make her wait a few minutes so she wants to drink again and then relatch.
At this point they really want to bite on things so give her plenty of teething toys.
So my LO just got her first two teeth in. She's bit me a couple times now. At this point her teeth are barely out, so it really doesn't hurt that much, but I'd like to stop her now so I can keep BFing.
Does anyone have any tips? Most of my family and friends just stopped after the first bite.
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