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What can I do if my baby bites me while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my baby bites me while breastfeeding?

Interrupt feeds: It is unclear why babies bite, it is however agreed on that they do not intend to displease, so interrupt feeds, indicate to baby that bites are not acceptable, check to be sure baby is well positioned/ latching on well and that milk flow is not too fast. May be a way of letting you know to stop the feeds when full. Be consistent with your response to this behavior and it will pass. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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What can I do if my baby is biting me while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my baby is biting me while breastfeeding?

Re-latch: A very common reason for biting while nursing is the baby is not latched on correctly and much more obvious when baby get teeth. If a baby is properly latched, with the nipple far inside his mouth and vigorously nursing he can not bite you. It is when they stop and your nipple slides that they bite. Try to anticipate it, if he stops nursing, gently remove your nipple and have him re-latch. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby bites while breastfeeding?

What should I do if my baby bites while breastfeeding?

It's OK to pull away: Your baby will constantly try new things, including biting, just because she can or wants to see what happens. The best thing to do is say no gently and pull away. She will quickly learn that biting is not tolerated. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby is biting me while nursing?

What do I do if my baby is biting me while nursing?

Biting: If your baby bites while nursing, immediately put your finger in his/her mouth and remove him from your breast. Minimize distractions, try to remain calm, and allow her to start nursing again. If the biting continues, he/she may not be hungry. Try again later. If babies receive a consistent message that biting equals no more nursing, they will stop. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby bites while nursing?

What do I do if my baby bites while nursing?

Stop the session: It is most effective to immediately stop the feeding session. Do not purposefully yell or scream as this will just scare baby. After a few minutes start nursing again. Babies often bite when they are bored, full or teething. Watch your baby carefully during nursing and if they stop actively sucking take them off the breast. If your baby is teething allow them to chew on washcloths. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby will not stop throwing food?

What can I do if my baby will not stop throwing food?

Try another approach: If a baby throws food, he may just be playing. When he is really hungry, re-approach him and eat with him, to show that food is for eating. If he throws food because he is angry, the parent can "disappear" and watch the baby from behind, and then come back to try again a few minutes later. When a baby is truly hungry, he is less likely to throw the food away. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby will not nap?

What can I do if my baby will not nap?

Sleeping patterns: Evaluate your baby's routine before she/he goes to sleep, make sure that you baby sleeps in a cool dark and comfortable place. Start routines such as reading singing or loving pat to sooth her and encourage her/him to learn how to sooth himself/herself. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby bites me? Just stop breastfeeding him?

What should I do if my baby bites me? Just stop breastfeeding him?

Teach him...: ...Not to bite the breast that feeds him! in all seriousness, most babies don't realize that their teeth can hurt mom. Calmly taking baby off the breast after biting can break this habit. See http://kellymom.Com/ages/older-infant/biting/ for some additional ideas. ...Read more

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What to do if I have 18mnrh old baby. still I breastfeed but now I want to stop feeding. how can I stop it and how can I stop my milk production?

What to do if I have 18mnrh old baby. still I breastfeed but now I want to stop feeding. how can I stop it and how can I stop my milk production?

Nursing: Well, there's cold turkey. Just stop, he might be ready, too. but it can be tough. Introduce a cup, at traditional nursing times. Like, don't nurse in the morning, just get up and give breakfast. Have dad put baby to bed, if possible. I hope you're still not nursing at night. If so, then have him go in, too. If you cut back slowly, you'll make less milk. Cold cabbage leaves, on the breast, help. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby doesn't want to breastfeed?

What can I do if my baby doesn't want to breastfeed?

Lactation consult: There are many breast feeding problems that a lactation consultant can fix if if you baby doesn't want to breastfeed. This can include a nipple shield or help latching. If a baby really doesn't want to breastfeed and you have gotten help, you can go to a bottle with pumped breast milk. Lastly you can use formula. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby does not like the new foods I am having him try?

What should I do if my baby does not like the new foods I am having him try?

Persistence: It's important that you offer each new food at least 5- 10 times before you can say your baby doesn't like it. Remember that everything is new to a baby and most babies get used to the taste after a while. ...Read more

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How can I protect my baby if I have herpes while pregnant?

How can I protect my baby if I have herpes while pregnant?

Depends: They are most at risk if you deliver vaginally during a 1st outbreak. (30-40% infected) It drops down to about 5% thereafter. You are more likely to pass virus during an outbreak but silent shedding of virus has been known to infect babies. Some women elect to have a c-section to avoid any risk, either scheduled or within 4 hours of ruptured membranes. ...Read more

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How can I stop breastfeeding if my baby doesn't like formula?

How can I stop breastfeeding if my baby doesn't like formula?

Let others offer: As long as you are near and baby can smell you s/he will want the real thing.When making a change, let someone else offer formula when baby is hungry.There are 3 main formula producers in the US and at least a dozen separate products. Baby will tolerate at least one. ...Read more

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What do I do after i breastfeed my baby? What baby has to do and how?

What do I do after i breastfeed my baby? What baby has to do and how?

Nourish & nurture : To promote your baby's development, learn her cues for hunger, satiety, fatigue, & discomfort, talk, play while she's on her tummy on the floor, read; no tv till age 2. Have a consistent bedtime & routine, wipe out her mouth before putting her on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake, to self-calm to fall asleep.Personalize the aap's healthy child app or on www.Aap.Org for more. ...Read more

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What does secnidazole tablet do , will it help me clear all the infections I ve coz I want to become pregnant should I give it to my husband too?

What does secnidazole tablet do , will it help me clear all the infections I ve coz I want to become pregnant should I give it to my husband too?

Used for several: Reasons. It can be used to treat bacterial vaginosis(not a STD) and also amoeba related infections. If you are taking it for bacterial vaginosis your husband doesn't necessarily need to be treated. ...Read more

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I think my baby is allergic to my pets. How can I tell?

I think my baby is allergic to my pets.  How can I tell?

Science: If when your pets and any microscopic trace has been removed, what is the effect. So this ain't so easy.And what did your pediatrician say, when you called last week? That is what i would hang my hat on. I do wish you the best. ...Read more

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What can I do if my nipples crack and bleed while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my nipples crack and  bleed while breastfeeding?

Get help: There are several ways you can fix this, but the one thing not to do is to just wait and hope it will get better. A lactation consultant or nurse or doctor can help. If you are sore and cracked, it will cause you pain and put you are risk for infection! try allowing the nipple to air dry with some breast milk on them after feeds and review the baby's latch on position carefully. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I know if my 16 month old baby is suffering from erythromycin side effects and how can I help her?

How do I know if my 16 month old baby is suffering from erythromycin side effects and how can I help her?

Please Clarify: We can help you if you re-write your question and ask us about the symptoms you are witnessing in your baby. There is nothing in your question as it is on which to base any kind of answer. ...Read more