Biting! (xp)

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Starryblue702's picture
Joined: 04/06/11
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Biting! (xp)

While I was BF Trystan today, he bit me! Obviously he has no teeth yet, but he's constantly drooling and knawing on his fists, so I know something is going on. But today he totally chomped down on my nipple and made me cry out and pull away from him! It's not like I can deter him from doing that at this age... all he did was look at me with his precious little confused face and that was that. It's not like he would even understand if I told him no not to do that. WTH?! Isn't it a little early to have to be dealing with this??

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
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At that age he's not doing it on purpose and keep reminding yourself it may be due to teething (I think a couple of babies on DS's BB had teeth by 4 months). Just unlatch him and allow him to relatch to finish the session. If he does it again, maybe offer him a teething toy of some sort since he may just be wanting to nurse for comfort. Absolutely nothing wrong with nursing for teething comfort (even my son still does this), but if it's hurting you your sanity would appreciate the break. If you're having trouble getting him off your boob when he bites, gently move him towards your beast. Most babies react by opening their mouth so you can unlatch them. Poor kiddo if it's teething already!

TiggersMommy's picture
Joined: 02/14/10
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There isn't much you can do aside from what Jackie suggested and just being extra vigilant. My DD cut her bottom two front teeth at 3 months and the top two soon followed. But even before that she was "biting". They really don't know what they're doing at that age. Its best to keep an eye on him while he's nursing and end the session *before* he bites. My DD tended to clamp down when she was getting frisky towards the end of our session so I would pop her off before she got to chomping. If your DS is biting as he latches on he's likely just excited. Just try to nurse in a calm environment and be extra careful to start him out with a good latch. If he starts pulling away while nursing (OW, that hurts just thinking about it) a nursing necklace might help to keep him focused on that task at hand.

Keep up the good work mama! Biting is a pain but its usually short-lived.

Starryblue702's picture
Joined: 04/06/11
Posts: 5454

Thanks for the feedback ladies! I have noticed that he's doing it at the end of our feeding sessions, like you suggested, he's probably just doing it to have something to chew on. It's just so difficult to try and pay attention to when he's done BF because I have three other kids, and I'm usually doing homework with one, reading to the other, and playing dolls with DD... all while BF lol!

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