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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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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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 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 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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Will my baby bite me while breastfeeding?

Will my baby bite me while breastfeeding?

Yes: He won't bite on purpose but it does happen, especially when teething begins. You can remedy this rather quickly by telling him "no biting" and stopping the feed any time it occurs. ...Read more

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Can i drink a little bit of beer? Breastfeeding baby is two weeks?

Can i drink a little bit of beer? Breastfeeding baby is two weeks?

I discourage it: Alcohol suppresses prolactin secretion & lowers milk production.It also enters the milk & baby.There is no known safe level for alcohol exposure in children. The breakdown products of alcohol have a direct toxic effect on babies growing brain cells. Many do drink some while breast feeding, but given the issues, i cannot support the practice. ...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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Can breastfeeding help me with the baby blues?

Can breastfeeding help me with the baby blues?

Yes: It helps with bonding which will certainly make you happier. On the other hand, if you are in distress when you handle a baby, the baby will pick up on that and become unhappy, too, which will make your own distress worse. People with baby blues definitely need a lot of help and support, always from family members, and often from professionals. ...Read more

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Did my baby get sick from breastfeeding?

Did my baby get sick from breastfeeding?

No: Infections acquired from breast feeding are uncommon but not impossible. More likely, especially if by illness you mean a "cold" or vomiting or diarrhea illness, the illness was spread to the infant by hands or respiratory secretions during a cough or sneeze. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of breastfeeding a baby?

What are the benefits of breastfeeding a baby?

See below: Breast milk is the gold standard for formulas. All formulas are made to mimic the nutritional benefits of breast milk. There are some benefits for reduced illnesses, ear infection, brain, and visual benefit. One other benefit is that it is free. The average cost of formula for the first year is around 2, 500 dollars. ...Read more

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