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Old 11-20-2011, 06:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all,

The thread title says it all. My 7-month-old DD has lately been clamping down and whipping her head around (she's so distractible)--OUCH! Thankfully, she doesn't have any teeth yet but I'm getting nervous for when they do come through as this biting seems to be increasing in frequency.

 

How do you handle it when your LOs do this? Obviously she can't understand "no" but I'd like to do what I can to prevent the habit from worsening. Visions of severed nipples dance in my head--the kid's got a powerful set of jaws.

 

TIA.


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Old 11-20-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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When my DS bit, I pushed his face into my breast which made him let go, told him he must be gentle, and ended the nursing session for a moment. If he wanted to try again, I let him. It didn't take very long for him to realize that the end result of biting was the end of the nursing session, and he stopped. He tried it again after he got teeth, I used the same tactic, and it was over with even quicker. And just so you know, it wasn't exactly a fun time with teeth, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, especially since we nipped it in the bud when he was only giving tentative, "testing the waters" sort of bites, versus the bearing down, full force bites I was getting when he was toothless. The toothless bites were way worse.

 

Also, one thing I noticed about my DS was that he was way more likely to bite when he was full or getting bored, so paying attention to the behaviors he displayed shortly before a bite went a long way in preventing it to begin with. When I saw those behaviors, I knew it was time to go ahead and end the nursing session and move onto something else. I avoided the bites, and he was fine with it, because he really was done nursing anyways.

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Old 11-20-2011, 08:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What you say about it happening when he was getting bored makes perfect sense. All three times I got bitten today were when I was trying to get her to nurse but she was interested in other things (isn't it a drag when you're counting on nursing to get them to sleep and they aren't tired enough to actually fall asleep before they're done nursing?)


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Plug the nose! It worked like a charm for me... they really hate it...

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