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#1 of 4 Old 02-10-2005, 12:20 PM - Thread Starter
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My 13 month old has 7 teeth, and seems to be getting a new tooth because he is doing the "bite latch" where he bites before he starts to suck. He does this nearly every time. Ouch! Is there any gentle way I can discourage him from doing this?
My mother told me to shout "No" at him which I will not do whatsoever! How traumatizing! Imagine?!
Anyway we plan to nurse for a loooong while yet and would like to discourage this habit so that he does not do this for the next two years. . .
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my DD does this too, but only when latching on while nearly completely asleep, or if she's extremely hungry. I've found that if I can remember to say "gentle nursies" right as she latches on, it helps 90% of the time. The times she has still latched down too hard, I say quite seriously, but not loudly, with a little frown "no, no bite that hurts mommy".

With us, I started right as the behavior started, and so this was mostly successful. With a more ingrained pattern, it would of course be harder.

In general, I would try to be honest about how much each time hurts you. (Unless he already treats it as a game) I think I yelled out "AHGH" a couple of times when it REALLY hurt, and she was so startled that she pulled off--once she even started crying.

Assuming he is truly unaware-- Consistent reminding should help him be more mindful. He is old enough to be learning. He just needs some feedback to realize what his body feels like when it's a good latch for you, and when it's not. Of course, smile and connect with him whenever there are improvements.

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My son did this for a few months but at a younger age, around 7 - 8 months I think. Everytime he would latch he would chomp down (had 2 bottom teeth) them latch and nurse. He eventually out grew it and does it very rarely now at 14months.

I have also heard of the yelling at them or flicking them in the nose, which I refuse to do. But I did express how much it hurt just as if I had stubbed my toe.
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I'm right here with you. My 14mo dd has 9 teeth and has just started nipping me everytime she latches on.....................the few times she really bit me I yelled "no" (because it hurt so suprisingly much) and the poor thing went into hysterics and wouldn't nurse The nipping I (for now) am just putting up with because the biting was so hurts, but not as much as watching her become so upset. Maybe I'll get some good ideas here.........

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