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#1 Delillah1

Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:21 PM

DS will be 1 yr old on Saturday. He has 8 teeth and he has been dragging them on my nipple while he feeds on and off for the last few months. It is getting particularly bad at the moment and my nipples are tender and sore. He is particularly bad when he falls asleep while feeding and starts slipping off the breast. His teeth drag and then clamp and i can't get him off without forcibly shoving my finger in his mouth until he lets go. This is really difficult and inevitably leads to crying.
I try pushing him into the breast more so that he has to let go to breathe but this has limited effectiveness as he is determined to hold on! I'm thinking that I will have to wean but he has been waking up hourly from about 2-3 am for the last few months (worse when teeth are coming through) and I don't know if I have to replace these feeds with milk from a bottle overnight or not feed at all? He will not take kindly to this and I don't know if I have the energy to persist. He becomes hysterical if I try to resettle with pats and no BF. I don't want to leave him to cry for more than a minute or so.

#2 greenthumbs

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:01 PM


Admittedly my DS wasn't quite that bad. But, when he started chomping a bit - he has 8 teeth too - when he did it when awake I would tap his cheek and show him a really wide open mouth. It seemed to help, but sometimes I think he knew exactly what he was doing as he had a cheeky look in his eye happy.gif

The only other thing I remember is that I think my nipples got used to it as I still have teeth marks most of the time, and I can feel it sometimes especially after a long, falling to sleep feed.

Here is a link to the ABA's website, the page on biting. Hopefully there'll be something here to help original.gif Good luck!


There is a website called 'kellymom' or such that apparently has lots of info as well.

#3 greenthumbs

Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

QUOTE (Delillah1 @ 19/11/2012, 10:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He will not take kindly to this and I don't know if I have the energy to persist. He becomes hysterical if I try to resettle with pats and no BF. I don't want to leave him to cry for more than a minute or so.

Don't know about this problem (as I've only tried night weaning once with no success), just wanted to say 'I hear you'. Our DS is a hysterical screamer as well. I cosleep as it's the only way to get decent sleep - I'm impressed by those who have the strength and patience to get up over and over to resettle an unhappy bub.

I'm pretty sure I've heard that by 1yr old, they can physically go with the night feeds, but mentally and emotionally? who knows rolleyes.gif certainly not in this house!

#4 Copper and May

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:02 PM

I think we have all been through this cheeky little face routine and they know what they are doing. He is old enough to put onto the floor and say a firm "No" when he bites. He will soon learn that biting means no milk until he stops doing this.

#5 sparassidae

Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:12 PM

All of mine did the "clamp down while falling asleep" thing. I just learned to watch carefully and slip a finger in beside my nipple as I saw them drop off so I could disengage just before they clamped down. It is just a phase, they grow out of it. I feed mine until 4yrs original.gif

#6 Delillah1

Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for all your replies. Perversely, he has stopped the teeth action since I posted this! So let's hope this was the last of it.  I breast fed my 2 girls with no biting issues at all. I think both of them did it once and never again once they were taken off the breast. He is just not  responding to being taken off the breast or put down.

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