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DD now has four teeth on top and four on the bottom, she's started this excruciating habit of biting down <span style="text-decoration:underline;">then</span> sucking. She doesn't do it all the time but she's doing it enough that my nipples are starting to hurt real bad. I don't know how to prevent it because she bites down for a split second then starts nursing. Anyone have any advice?
 

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Is there any pattern to when she does it? Is she tired or anything? Is it always at the very beginning of a nursing session? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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She seems to do it randomly, but always right before she latches on. Now she's started to unlatch while biting down and raking her teeth over my nipple... OUCH!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored">
 

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Both my dc bit occasionaly. My responce was to say "ouch, that hurts mommy" and take my nipple away. I would then offer again in a moment. They learned very quickly that bitting=nipple taken away and stopped biting.<br><br>
Another thing is if your nipple is all the way into their mouth as far in as it will go, it's very hard for them to bite down.
 

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Whenever Kevy bites me i pull away and purposely scare him, but lately when i sternly say "no." he laughs because he's usedto jumpy scaredy games like that and thinks that im playing with him. grrr, good thing he only has his two bottom teeth.......................
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Both my dc bit occasionaly. My responce was to say "ouch, that hurts mommy" and take my nipple away. I would then offer again in a moment. They learned very quickly that bitting=nipple taken away and stopped biting.<br><br>
Another thing is if your nipple is all the way into their mouth as far in as it will go, it's very hard for them to bite down.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> That's what's worked for us. Just simply removing the nipple and quietly saying "no biting." If you react too severely it can become a game as PP says or sometimes babies will reject the breast if they get too startled by mama's reaction.
 

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I need help with biting, too. My 8mo occasionally bit when her first 2 came in. I was given advice to either say ouch and pull away and end the feeding session. One suggestion was to give her a slight pinch. My first reaction was to say ouch, so i never really did the pinching thing. However, i didn't feel that it worked because my DD was clueless. She would just sit up and smile. I didn't stress about it because it was so rare, but now that she has 4 teeth and is eating more solid foods she is definitely biting down more often. Sometimes it's in the middle of feeding and sometimes it's right when she latches on and starts sucking. If it's in the middle of feeding I pull away and give her a break. But, if it's right at the beginning I don't because breaking the latch and pulling away hurts as bad as the bite now. It just doesn't seem like anything I do has any affect on her, it's like she has no idea that my response has anything to do with her actions.
 

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The advice given to me was to actually push into babe more. I do not mean smother- but just brief push. baby thinks air may get cut off, while it does not. This seems to work well when awake. Also I noticed that sometimes she would bite to get my attention. I tried being more attentive for a while. I also would cry out if the pain surprised me and that would give her a bit of a start. I think the combination of all helped her get the idea. The only issue now is when she falls asleep nursing she sometimes clamps down.
 
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