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#1 of 2 Old 09-30-2013, 04:09 PM - Thread Starter
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(sorry for the cross post but this board seems more active)


Hi there,


I am dealing with a nursing strike with my 9 1/2 month old.  I have read up on it plus a good friend is a LC so she's been a big help.  I'm just wondering if anyone has BTDT for my particular situation and can give me some hope!


The nursing strike began after my dd bit me and I removed her with a firm "no."  This was probably like the 12th time she has done this in the last month.  She is working on her upper teeth so I attribute the bites to that.  Every single time prior her response to my reaction was to smile.  This time she burst into tears.  She was exhausted because her nap ended early due to the doorbell.  I am pretty sure I wasn't any different.


So, she's on strike the last 24 hours.  My unique situation, at least to me since I can't find anyone talking about it, is that she's biting me as soon as I put her on the breast.  She opens wide like she's going to nurse, clamps down and then pulls off while scraping her teeth.  To say that hurts is an understatement.  And she does it quickly so I can't even prevent the scraping part.  She often cries or yells after and that's that.


Has anyone experienced a nursing strike that included biting and lived to tell the tale?  My eldest nursed until over 32 months so I really don't want to lose this nursing relationship.  But it is hard to offer her the breast knowing she's going to chomp down on me.


As a side note, I have successfully nursed her when asleep so at least she's getting some milk.


Thanks for any stories.  Feel free to offer tips but, like I said, I have a lot of nursing strike tips at my disposal already.  The nursing strike stinks but the biting is what's really getting me down right now.

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Ouch; I haven't been through the same issue, but it sounds painful. I hope some other mama can chime in here because it always helps me when I feel like I'm not the only one and it sounds like that would help you too. It looks like your post might have been missed, so I wanted to bump it up for attention. :bump: Anyone have a story to share?

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