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I really don't want to wean at all and would love to do extended nursing but I just can't take the biting anymore. My son is 11 months and I've given my all to nursing/pumping over the year. About half the time nursing is really sweet and I love it and the other half bites, literally. He doesn't bite down and hold my nipple, he grazes his teeth as he's coming off. And he pops on and off a ton!<br><br>
After doing this a few times I end the session but he doesn't get it. Alot of the times I can just suck it up and deal but if I'm cranky and past my limit I have a hard time keeping it together and have raised my voice and then felt terrible.<br><br>
I feel like my only option is to accept it or wean. Do you think this will pass?? It feels like he's eating an artichoke leaf except it my poor boob.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> It's a stage. A couple of tips that helped me- #1. Try to figure out when he does it and unlatch him BEFORE it happens. Takes a bit to figure out, but helped a lot for us. #2. When he bites down (as opposed to just pulling off with teeth engaged...) pull him TOWARD you to make him release.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I feel like my only option is to accept it or wean. Do you think this will pass?? It feels like he's eating an artichoke leaf except it my poor boob.</div>
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Sorry to laugh, but that analogy is really good.<br><br>
Sorry this is happening to you. That sucks. Well, bites, actually.
 

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My DD was the worst biter EVER. EVER. My first post on these forums ages ago was at 4:00 am in tears over her biting. It DID eventually pass, and it WILL pass for you too. I tried every single suggestion on the internet, but the only thing that worked for me was to physically break the latch (she would clomp down and not let go!) by putting my pointer finger and thumb around her cheeks and literally break the latch by prying the teeth apart thru her cheeks. This 1) gave instant relief by breaking the latch, and 2) was just uncomfortable for her to (sometimes) not keep doing it for that moment. When she would see my fingers going for her cheeks, she would sometimes hesitate and not do it. It was the only thing that gave us some relief. I wasn't for any type of punishment, per se, but unless you've dealt with the real fear that you were going to look at the floor one day and see your nipple laying there, then there's no way to understand the desperation involved in being bitten like that<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">.
 

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I'm right there with you! My DD (13 mo) has been biting me every time we try to nurse except in the early a.m. it's gotten so bad that I am terrified to nurse her. I've taught her the sign for "hurt" and she understands "no biting" and she knows it hurts mommy but still bites! She's teething really bad right now, so I know that's a factor, but I also feel like she's not interested in nursing but just wants to chew on me. This is so frustrating. I'm engorged and have to pump, and she doesn't even want to drink the expressed milk. Could she be weaning herself already? I don't know what to do... I hope this passes
 

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my 17m/o did this really bad when he was 9/10m/o. eventually I just ended our nursing session whenever he bit and not allow him to relatch for 5 minutes. with the popping I gave him the three strikes rule and if he unlatches three times then he wasn't allowed to relatch for 5 minutes. now it seems so funny since he barely nurses (1-2x a day) but back then he was nursing 10-12x + per day. it did work...
 

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ds 11 mos nak going to try a full 5 min break...i think my break is too sort and not meaning ful
 

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When DD got her first tooth, she started biting and for 2-3 days I almost thought I couldn't do it. It HURT & I dreaded nursing.<br><br>
Then I thought about something--maybe I was actually being too tolerant. When she bit me the first 2-3 times in a session, if it wasn't too hard I wouldn't do anything. I would only stop when I couldn't take it anymore.<br><br>
I started being more reactive. When she bit, I said "Ow" and stopped the feeding session for 3-5 minutes. Then I started again and stopped the second she bit again. The first few times she cried like her heart was breaking and I felt so bad I almost couldn't do it, but in less than 24 hours, she broke this bad habit.<br><br>
Its been 4 months and I can count the number of times she's bitten me on one hand, and every time was an accident (new tooth, cracker in her mouth when she began). She is very careful with me now because she doesn't want me to stop, to the point that if she is still chewing something else, she won't start feeding until she's swallowed.<br><br>
I really thought I was going to have to wean, but now we've gotten past the 12month mark and are still going strong. Best of luck to you!
 
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