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#1 MoreCoffeePlease

Posted 18 September 2019 - 08:31 PM

My dd is 10 months and has 4 teeth with another 3 I can see

She is biting me so hard she draws blood occasionally and it’s so painful I’m considering switching to formula

I’ve tried everything to get her to stop but to no avail.

Has anyone else down this?

#2 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 18 September 2019 - 08:35 PM

I know you said everything but have you tried putting her straight down on the floor, saying “no biting” and walking out of the room?

#3 400

Posted 18 September 2019 - 08:39 PM

I went through a period where I had to stop feeds early and give a stern “ouch, that hurts mummy” for DS to learn to stop. It was around teeth numbers 3 to 6 that it was worst, but he learned pretty quick that he would lose his feeding privileges if he continued biting.

Fortunately he was always a big solids eater and I only really BF at night so it didn’t affect his intake.

He completely got over it and now (15 months) only bites seemingly accidentally- if I react he realises and doesn’t do it again.

Just giving you hope in case you don’t want to stop BF, but if you need to stop don’t feel too bad. You could always try expressing and bottle feeding too rather than formula.

Good luck

#4 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 18 September 2019 - 08:52 PM

As F-a-M  a loud "No" and putting mine on the floor worked for me.

#5 Noodlez

Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:10 PM

It’s horrible isn’t it!!! It hurts like hell. I use to firmly tell DD no and refuse to let her nurse for a bit when she was going through her biting phase. Her reaction broke my heart.

I found cold teething rings prior to feeding helped a bit. It does get better.

#6 MoreCoffeePlease

Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:14 PM

View PostFeral-as-Meggs, on 18 September 2019 - 08:35 PM, said:

I know you said everything but have you tried putting her straight down on the floor, saying “no biting” and walking out of the room?

Yes and she just laughs at me 🤦🏼‍♀️

#7 Apageintime

Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:17 PM


A baby with a good latch can't bite. I watched my son like a hawk and the second that latch changed I took him off

Only lasted a couple of weeks

#8 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:29 PM

View PostMoreCoffeePlease, on 18 September 2019 - 09:14 PM, said:

Yes and she just laughs at me ‍♀️

aw sh*t...

#9 Oh Peanuts!

Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:43 PM

Apologies if you’ve already tried this to no avail....someone recommended to me to pull bub in closer to the breast when they bite. It’s hard to fight the instinct to push them off, but it definitely worked here with both kids.

#10 ali-song

Posted 18 September 2019 - 09:48 PM

Yeah, that’s basically what caused DD4 to wean at a similar age. She suddenly wouldn’t feed at all, and would only bite. I persevered for a few days, but it didn’t improve at all. She appears unharmed by the slightly earlier than planned weaning.

#11 Jingleflea

Posted 18 September 2019 - 10:05 PM

I've also heard you bring the baby in closer to the breast and slightly lift them a bit higher it should help.

#12 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 18 September 2019 - 10:28 PM

DS’s biting gave me mastitis! He refused a bottle so I had no choice but to keep feeding and he got over it after a while. I liked the holding closer solution, but it wasn’t perfect.

#13 PuddingPlease

Posted 18 September 2019 - 11:21 PM

I think you've done really well to get to ten months. If she will take a bottle then I'd certainly consider switching to formula if the biting is too much, particularly as she will probably be able to manage cows milk in a few months anyway.

#14 Magnolia2

Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:37 AM

This was me. DS started biting just before 12 months, then laughing, then taking zero interest in my boobs at all. I pumped for a few weeks thinking it was a phase but he never wanted to be BF again. (Probably helped that he was already eating “man size” solid meals by this point). I guess it was quite helpful that he weaned himself just before I went back to work?

Anyway, in some ways, if what your DD is doing is in fact self-weaning, I’d say rejoice! One less thing for you to do, without feeling guilty over (as it’s DD’s choice, not yours!).

#15 rowd

Posted 19 September 2019 - 07:37 AM

My son went through a phase of this around 12 months. He hasn't bitten me now for a week or two, so hoping it has passed. He would pull off from feeding, then lunge back in for a bite, so I would stop the feed as soon as he unlatched, and that seemed to stop the biting.

You have my sympathy, it really hurts and I started to be really on edge whenever I fed him.

#16 JoanJett

Posted 19 September 2019 - 10:25 AM

I had very early teethers (first teeth at 3 months, top and bottom by 6 months), so a lot of the biting was clearly about discomfort with teething, and less the "behavioural" biting of an almost toddler.  

If you're addressing the behavioural aspect, maybe think about whether it's also about the discomfort.  What helped me was to do some gum massage and use a cold teething ring before feeding, and take them off and use the ring if they bit before reattaching.  Positioning and ensuring a good latch was also important.  

If it continues and you're finding it too difficult and you're not keen to wean to formula yet, you could try expressing for a while - that's another option I used intermittently when it was hard to manage or I had multiple areas of broken skin.

Edited by JoanJett, 19 September 2019 - 06:16 PM.

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