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<p>Hi Mamas of Past-Biters,</p>
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<p>Please tell me this will pass. </p>
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<p>My ~9 month old has taken to nipping me when the mood strikes him.  I am trying to maintain vigilance, to take him off before he just *has* to nip me, not to let him play at the breast (also brings up the urge to nip) etc.  When he bites I push his face into me and he immediately releases, so I haven't really been hurt by this - yet - but my goodness it is annoying and it makes nursing stressful at times!</p>
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<p>Happy "this happened to me and we worked through it" stories would be greatly appreciated.  Please no "she bit off my nipple so we weaned" tales - I can't take them right now.  Thanks!</p>
 

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<br><br><p>thanks!</p>
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<p>Anyone have a story to share?</p>
 

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<p>I'm going through this now, too, with DD2. I'm just doing what I did with DD1: pull off and saying "No bite!" and making strong eye contact. If she does it several times in a row, we're done nursing. If memory serves, it was a very short phase with DD1, and I ended up nursing her until age four. So... hoping it goes as well this time! Good luck!</p>
 

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<p>when DD did this i would push her head into my breast so that she would let go and then i would scream really loud "ouch" and with feeling (it was easy to do!). i would then put her down and walk away and explain "no biting." it took awhile but she is four years old today and doesn't bite anymore and still nurses!</p>
 

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<p>It's a phase and it really does end :)  Whenever my ds bit I would unlatch him (pushing him into my boob didn't work, he was too strong for that) and stop nursing for a good solid 10-15minutes, and I would basically ignore and crying that he did about being hungry during that time - I know its anti-MDC but he thought biting me was funny and I didn't - so he got ignored if he was hungry.  Then, before I would nurse him again I would tell him, If you bite me, there will be no more nursing for an hour.  I know he didn't get it, or understand the time constraint,  but then I would nurse him and if he bit he would get a sippy cup with water.  It ended pretty quick</p>
 

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<p>thanks for the stories!  do you guys remember how long this phase lasted?  i could do with an idea of how long this may last.  my nipples are sore!</p>
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<p>thanks!</p>
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<p>ps. I'm doing everything by the book - taking him off, saying no biting, putting him down, being careful at the end of a feed etc.  he never nips more than once a feed, and usually only once a day.  but it hurts.  and i tire of it!</p>
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<p>Honestly I think it lasted a month or 2.  Then he would very rarely bite, and I would just not nurse him for a while.</p>
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<p>Is your baby teething?  That was one of main triggers for my ds, so when it was really awful I would give teething tabs before a nursing session, and that helped some too (he wasn't in pain, so no need to bite maybe?).</p>
 

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<p>Update: Well, it lasted about another 2 weeks and then things got MUCH better. It was a phase - one I expect to return with the new teeth that are about to come in. But I survived it once and have the tools now to get through it again. Thanks to you all for your ideas, stories and most of all sympathy! <span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
 
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