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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. Abraham Jaskiel
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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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Is it ok to stop breastfeeding when the baby starts biting me? Seems like a sign.

Is it ok to stop breastfeeding when the baby starts biting me? Seems like a sign.

Sure.: You can stop if she is biting you but most babies will stop this with time. If she bites, pull her off for a few seconds. She will learn that when she bites you she will not get milk. This does happen more if you are latching her on when she is not really hungry. When the baby is hungry she will drink and not bite. When they are playing & just need pacification they tend to bite more often. ...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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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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Why is my baby biting?

Why is my baby biting?

Feels good: Babies are oral...They like to put things in their mouth, chew and bite. To make matters more complicated, when teeth want to erupt, gums feel better when they are rubbed or massaged. Since we can't massage their gums all the time, they do the next best thing, and bite to give them gums some relief. A teething ring may help. Let the slobber begin... ...Read more

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I'm online now. Hi, I started biting inside of my cheeks about 8yrs ago after having a baby, do you think its a result of medication they gave me?

I'm online now. 
Hi, I started biting inside of my cheeks about 8yrs ago after having a baby, do you think its a result of medication they gave me?

Unlikely: Your habit may have been precipitated by the events around a pregnancy, but it is not likely to be due to any medication. However, medication can address such obsessive compulsive behavior. Eight years is a long time to put up with it. Please see your doctor or a psychiatrist for treatment. ...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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