Biting-what to do if it happens when nursing?

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  1. My son is 9months and we are still primarily nursing although I am starting to wean from a couple of in between meals and he gets either a cup or bottle. Anyway he has two teeth and last night for the first time he actually bit me while he was nursing adn then gave me a look like was it ok. I pulled him off that breast and explained that biting mommy is not a good idea. Not sure how much he understands at this stage but I said "NO Bite!" I didn't put him back on that breast and waited a couple minutes before offering the other side. He didn't do it again thank goodness, the first one really hurt long after he did it. So my question is how to prevent it from happening again? I knkow I still have a while before he will be completely weaned like close to his first birthday.

  2. OUCH! Yep, that hurts a LOT!

    What I used to do is exactly what you did...say "no biting" in a firm voice and put him down. It eventually stopped.

    However, with my DS, I found that it usually picked up again if he was teething. Just because he wanted to chew everything. Just kept at telling him no to the biting. And gave teething tablets to help ease the pain.

    Thankfully, it doesn't last forever!

    Good luck!!

  3. wow, you're calm! when J bit me i was so startled that i yelled very loudly and whipped my boob out of his mouth. he was also startled and of course highly upset and never did it again.

    B was a different story- as in all things, it seems- and he didn't respond to "no biting" and being put down- it made nursing very nerve wracking for me - and i wasn't too sad about weaning him for an FET at 13 months, frankly. luckily, he didn't even get teeth till 15 onths, so it was just gums, but still...


  4. My DD only did it when she was teething. Saying no and removing her seemed to do the trick. I have a friend whose DS never nursed again after she yelled "No" when he bit her at 8 months. I tried not to make too big of a deal out of it, while making my thoughts very clear. We also read the book Teeth are Not for Biting over and over.

  5. Thanks for all the advice everyone. So far he has not done it again. I think with my saying that in the firm voice and removing him he got the message. Believe me though it was painful but I did not want to frighten him either. So I was calm about how I approached it. Thanks again everyone.

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