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

    A baby will usually start teething at six months. If you’re still breastfeeding, here are some tips on how to handle a baby who bites.
    by Abigail L. Vernida-Yabot .
  • breastfeeding momQ:  What can I do if my baby bites me while breastfeeding?      

     

    A: When teething happens around the sixth month, babies get very uncomfortable and experience a lot of pain and discomfort in their gums.  At this time, they are already masters at breastfeeding and know very well that biting does not deliver the milk to them.  Hence, the accidental biting is brought about by the need to ease the pain of cutting their first tooth or teeth. 
    The best thing to do when a baby bites is to hug her as close as possible as opposed to trying to yank her away from you.  Doing the latter will just worsen the pain and since the baby has very strong suction to your breast, it might cause severe damage to the breast tissue.  If you hug your baby, covering her nose in the process, her response is to open her mouth and let go of the breast.  Then, talk with the baby in a gentle but firm tone.  You'll be surprised that they understand you. If she continues to do this for the second or third time, momentarily stop breastfeeding and explain that you will resume when she doesn't bite anymore.

    Avoid shouting then wooing the baby when she cries as she might do a nursing strike (when baby refuses to breastfeed for a period of time) or sometimes even think that it's playtime. 
    Of course, the best thing to do is to address the teething pain by giving your baby teethers or applying teething gels to help in this new experience of theirs.

     

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