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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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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 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 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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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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How can I help my baby while she is teething?

How can I help my baby while she is teething?

Let her chew: Chewing on something cold and firm is helpful. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them. ...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 newborn is sleeping during feedings?

What can I do if my newborn is sleeping during feedings?

Sleepy nurser: Breast fed babies very frequently fall asleep at the breast at first, and this can make nursing challenging (and will add to maternal exhaustion). Unwrapping the baby, tapping the feet, stroking the face or other forms of stimulation as soon as baby falls asleep will hopefully foster a more effective feeding pattern. Be vigilant, and this will pass. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby is overweight?

What can I do if my baby is overweight?

Depends: If a child is < 6 months old, not much, and don't worry. If a child is > 6 months old, make sure the food they're eating is healthy. This means no juices or "junk" food. Also, the earlier a child is introduced to "solid" foods, the more likely he/she is to be overweight. To avoid this, wait until at least 4-6 months old to introduce (soft) cereals and fruits/veggies. ...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 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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How can I tell if my baby is cold?

How can I tell if my baby is cold?

Chill bumps: Babies do some unique and some common things when cold. The common thing is chill bumps, the bump representing a hair that would be raised in a furry animal. The unique thing is shifting blood flow away from the skin in areas we know are lost to frost bite.The pale hands, feet, ears, nose &lips (that pink up in a warm bath) show the process. Mild palor is common in a room at normal ac temperatures. ...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 do I know if my baby is latching improperly?

How do I know if my baby is latching improperly?

Comfort: Improper latching is uncomfortable. It hurts. Proper latching should not hurt. Also, you should hear your infant swallowing milk, which indicates good milk flow from the breast, as well as good transfer from the front of the mouth to the back of the throat. ...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 can I do if my baby is not getting enough milk from nursing?

What can I do if my baby is not getting enough milk from nursing?

See below: If you feel your child is not getting enough milk from breast feeding alone, then you can supplement with formula. Discuss specifics with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby is dehydrated?

How can I tell if my baby is dehydrated?

Poor urine output: If you are changing few diapers, your baby may be getting dehydrated. Other symptoms include dry mouth, few tears when crying, and extreme fatigue. These are particularly important symptoms to watch out for if your baby has been having vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my baby has thrash and what is it?

How do I tell if my baby has thrash and what is it?

MD exam recommended: Thrush is a fungal infection. Best left up to physician to examine for other confounding variables , but usually presents with white plaques mucosal surfaces of gums and throat that rub off. Requires anti fungal medicine. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my baby is tired?

How can I tell if my baby is tired?

Learn babies ques: In early infancy babies love to interact with their caregivers and have a hard time letting go of the aleart state. The drift thru wake and sleep states like an adult drifting off in a boring lecture. If baby is tired, they may fuss to let you know they are tired & want you to fix it. If you reduce stimulation and let them settle in their "tired place" they will often drift off. ...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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