Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Breastfeeding - How to deal with a biter

This seems to be a current topic of conversation in my mom-baby group, as many of our kids have multiple teeth.  Cupcake still only has her 2 bottom teeth, but they're razor sharp.  And yes, sometimes she bites.

We went through a bad biting stage for a while, and I asked my local La Leche League chapter for their advice.  They are such a great source of information, even if I still find them overly AP for my tastes.  Also, through asking other people, I've come up with a brief summary of some techniques to deal with a compulsive biter.

Here goes:

Reprimand : Pull them off the boob and say NO! very firmly.  Then put the milk (boob) away.  This didn't work for us.  Cupcake found it hi-la-rious.  Which then would make me laugh, and well... it wasn't getting the point accross.  At the LLL meeting, many ladies said that this technique works in theory, but not in practice.

Distract and underplay the reaction:  Many times, yelling Ow! in pain or telling them a firm NO! can be counterproductive, because most babies laugh at the attention.  Instead, try to have a non-reaction.  When they bite, pull them away (making sure to insert your finger in their mouth so you're not pulling your nipple out while biting, ouch!), and cover your boob.  They will cry, and you distract them with a teething toy in their mouth, or something else in their hands.  When they're calmed down a bit, start breastfeeding again.  Repeat for as many times as necessary until they seem to get it.

Know that this too, shall pass.  Just because the baby has started biting all the time, it doesn't mean this is the new normal.  Like everything else, they go through phases.  Cupcake had a terrible week right before her first tooth came him, and I was basically ready to end our breastfeeding relationship.  I gave myself a deadline for a week away, if she wasn't done biting by then, we'd have to use formula. Her tooth came in before that time (lucky girl) and she stopped biting.  Still bites once in a while, but it's very seldom.  Right now she's teething again, so she'll bite more, but it's not a chronic issue.  

Prevent the bite.  Observe their biting habits.  Are they biting at the end of the nursing session, before the let-down, when they're done with one side?  Maybe they're done drinking for a bit and need to teeth.  Have a cold teething toy close at hand.  And when they're drinking, observe closely if the sucking motions are slowing down, then pull them off the boob and insert a teething toy in their mouth.  As in, try to pre-empt the bite.  I've never been able to actually do this.  Cupcake always catches me by surprise.

Nurse when well rested.  Many times, they bite out of frustration or tiredness.  See is you can feed them at times when they're not dying for a nap.  This has really worked for us.

Change nursing positions.  For example, Cupcake will only bite me when she's laying down.  If she bites, I switch her to sitting.  She sits on my lap, facing me, with the boob on her face.  Looks hilarious, but it seems to distract her enough.

The boob smother.  The Dr Sears recommended method of pushing the biter's head into your breast.  Effectively, this smother forces them to have to open their mouth and they can't bite (it saves your nipples too) Repeat as many times as necessary until they get the point.

Any other techniques you would like to share?  I'm always open to breastfeeding advice.


  1. I have been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this sort
    of space . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this website.
    Studying this info So i am satisfied to show that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed.
    I most without a doubt will make certain to do not omit this website and provides it a glance regularly.

    my web-site ... visit

  2. I really like reading through an article that will make men
    and women think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

    My webpage :: the harley

  3. I was recommended this website through my cousin.
    I'm no longer positive whether this put up is written by means of him as nobody else realize such distinct approximately my difficulty. You are incredible! Thanks!

    Feel free to visit my web page visit

  4. I am now not sure the place you are getting your information, however
    good topic. I needs to spend a while finding out much more or
    figuring out more. Thank you for magnificent info
    I used to be searching for this information
    for my mission.

    Feel free to surf to my page :: comb thru texturizer

  5. I think that everything posted was very reasonable.
    However, what about this? suppose you wrote a catchier post title?

    I am not suggesting your information is not good., but what if you added a headline that makes people
    want more? I mean "Breastfeeding - How to deal with a biter" is kinda vanilla.

    You ought to glance at Yahoo's front page and watch how they create post headlines to grab viewers to click. You might add a related video or a related picture or two to get readers interested about everything've got to say.

    In my opinion, it could make your posts a little livelier.

    Also visit my web blog :: click here

  6. Asking questions are truly nice thing if you are not understanding something entirely, however
    this paragraph presents pleasant understanding yet.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post: http://dev.faceboating.com/index.php?do=/blog/2258/porn-photos-get-in-modern-society/

  7. Hi there mates, its enormous post regarding teachingand entirely explained, keep it up all the time.

    My homepage; simply click the up coming website page
    my site :: March 8th

  8. Everyone loves what you guys tend to be up too. This sort
    of clever work and reporting! Keep up the terrific works guys I've you guys to blogroll.

    Stop by my web page: visit website
    Also see my site :: in Porn movies

  9. Very good blog you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics talked about in
    this article? I'd really like to be a part of community where I can get advice from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you!

    Here is my site: click here

  10. I am really thankful to the holder of this site who has shared this enormous post
    at at this place.

    my web-site - learn more
    my webpage - http://pornharvest.com/index.php?m=1895761

  11. Every weekend i used to pay a visit this web page, because i want enjoyment, as
    this this website conations really pleasant funny material

    Review my web blog: see more

  12. Fabulous, what a blog it is! This website presents valuable data to us, keep it

    my blog; See More

  13. If you desire to improve your familiarity only keep visiting this site and be updated with the most up-to-date news posted here.

    my web blog ... http://hardfucked.org

  14. Thanks for finally writing about > "Breastfeeding - How to deal with a biter" < Loved it!

    my site; to Teen Gangbangs

  15. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more
    than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all.

    Nevertheless just imagine if you added some great graphics or video clips to give
    your posts more, "pop"! Your content is excellent but with images and clips, this site
    could definitely be one of the very best in its field.

    Excellent blog!

    Here is my blog post - the porn tube

  16. Keep on working, great job!

    My web site ... Email Console

  17. whoah this weblog is excellent i really like reading your articles.
    Keep up the good work! You recognize, many individuals are searching
    around for this info, you could aid them greatly.

    Also visit my page - click here

  18. I am not sure where you're getting your info, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this info for my mission.

    Look into my web-site - at Nubiles Net Arial Rose Beautiful Babe Arial Rose Uses Her Fingers To

  19. Everyone loves what you guys are usually
    up too. This type of clever work and coverage! Keep up the amazing works guys I've incorporated you guys to my blogroll.

    Also visit my website: More

  20. I really like it when people come together and
    share thoughts. Great site, continue the good work!

    Feel free to visit my page http://vintagevideos.net

  21. I all the time used to study paragraph in news papers but
    now as I am a user of internet therefore from now I
    am using net for posts, thanks to web.

    Review my homepage - weblink

  22. This post is priceless. Where can I find out more?

    Here is my page a Campus Orgies - campusorgies.net

  23. I am extremely inspired together with your writing skills and
    also with the structure to your weblog. Is this a paid
    topic or did you modify it your self? Either way stay
    up the nice high quality writing, it's uncommon to look a great blog like this one these days..

    My web page: for A Bad Day At The Office For Danica Collins

  24. I am extremely inspired together with your writing skills and also with
    the structure to your weblog. Is this a paid topic or did you modify it your self?
    Either way stay up the nice high quality writing, it's uncommon to look a great blog like this one these days..

    Take a look at my web-site ... for A Bad Day At The Office For Danica Collins

  25. Everything published made a lot of sense. But,
    consider this, suppose you typed a catchier post title?
    I ain't suggesting your information is not good., however what if you added a title to maybe get people's attention?
    I mean "Breastfeeding - How to deal with a biter" is kinda plain.
    You might peek at Yahoo's home page and see how they create post titles to grab people interested. You might try adding a video or a picture or two to get people excited about what you've written.
    In my opinion, it might bring your website a little livelier.

    My web site :: Link

  26. Piece of writing writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar with then you can write or else it is complex to write.

    My web blog :: http://pornharvest.com/index.php?m=2494027

  27. It's actually very difficult in this active life to listen news on TV, thus I simply use the web for that purpose, and obtain the most up-to-date news.

    Also visit my weblog; visit

  28. This is really interesting, You're a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

    Also visit my website: mouse click the next article - chatlay.com

  29. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all folks you actually recognize
    what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please
    also talk over with my site =). We will have a link change
    contract between us

    Also visit my weblog :: cute hairless pussy - pornharvest.com

  30. Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was
    curious about your situation; we have created some
    nice methods and we are looking to exchange methods with
    other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

    Feel free to surf to my website ... at porn movies

  31. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally
    off topic but I had to tell someone!

    Here is my homepage - click here

  32. Hi, I do think this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it ;) I may revisit yet
    again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

    Also visit my web page; http://Pornharvest.com/index.php?m=2339759

  33. Now I am going to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming again to read additional

    Also visit my website: lesbian oral sex

  34. Hello, this weekend is good for me, because this
    moment i am reading this impressive informative paragraph here at my house.

    Also visit my page at porno website

  35. It's not my first time to go to see this site, i am browsing this site dailly and obtain fastidious facts from here every day.

    my page :: http://pornharvest.com/index.php?m=2084050

  36. It's actually very difficult in this full of activity life to listen news on TV, therefore I simply use internet for that reason, and obtain the newest news.

    Here is my website - http://www.musicjunkeys.com/index.php?do=/profile-16945/info/

  37. I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I'm assuming having
    a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very web savvy so I'm not 100% certain.

    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

    Here is my website - see more

  38. Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological globe all is presented on net?

    my web-site ... just click the up coming internet page

  39. Hey there, You've done a fantastic job. I'll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.

    My blog post: Http://Pornharvest.Com/Index.Php?Q=Latina+Hot+Porn+Videos&F=A&P=A

  40. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort of space .
    Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this web site.
    Studying this information So i am satisfied to express that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed.

    I such a lot definitely will make sure to do not omit this site and provides it a
    look regularly.

    Here is my web-site :: visit

  41. you are in point of fact a excellent webmaster.
    The website loading velocity is amazing. It sort of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you've performed a fantastic activity in this subject!

    Also visit my webpage ... Click On This Page

  42. I take pleasure in, lead to I found just what
    I was having a look for. You've ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

    Feel free to surf to my blog post - http://pornharvest.com/index.php?m=2210200

  43. Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an
    established blog. Is it very difficult to set
    up your own blog? I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I'm thinking about setting up my
    own but I'm not sure where to begin. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Many thanks

    My website ... she said

  44. Good day! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha
    plugin for my comment form? I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having
    difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!

    Here is my web page :: baseball 90 speed of light