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DS is 4+ mo old and he has started biting me, he is toothless at the moment luckily and I want to stop this sooner not later. i usually exclaim "Ouch!!" when he does it because each time its a suprise then I take him off and tell him that I dont like it and that he needs to not do that naymore, he looks and me and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br>
What do i do from here?
 

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Maybe make your reaction less exciting? I don't know; I think some babies just think it's funny no matter what you do. With DS (who has bitten me with teeth), I find a firm, but not emotional, "no biting, that hurts mommy" and then setting him away from me for a moment gets his attention. He doesn't cry or seem upset, but I get a wide-eyed look. He usually bites when he's not hungry anymore, so I typically then end the nursing session. If he still acts hungry, I offer him the other side.
 

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Someone on the nursing board will know better, but I have read other posts like this, and I have heard the recommendation to pull the baby close instead of pulling the baby away, which causes them to open their mouths.<br><br>
I don't think at that age they can understand the concept of "stop". My daughter bit me really hard a few times so that I cried out. She understood that I was upset, and it was somehow related to her nursing, but she didn't know how. For a little while she was nursing and tears were running down her face, as though she thought somehow I didn't want her to nurse.<br><br>
I would post on the nursing board. They will have lots of good advice.
 

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Sydney has 6 teeth now & I get bitten every day, but believe it or not it's way easier than when she first started teething. She's obviously not biting to hurt me, she's just in the moment & trying to make her gums feel good. Now I can usually tell before she is going to bite me and tell her to be gentle & a lot of times she'll even stop herself before she wants to bite to chew on her fingers instead. It wasn't easy when she first started teething, but just like when we first started breastfeeding we had to work it out ourselves.<br><br>
Positive reinforcement was definitely for us. I could not imagine suffocating my child, no matter how often she bit me. Even though "babies don't understand concepts the way big kids do," for me it's good practice to say what I want her to do (open! be gentle!), not what I don't want her to do.<br><br>
Most everyone I know who nurses beyond 6 months tells me biting is still in their lives. I think it's one of those things. Get support from long time breastfeeders & stay away from your mother-in-law! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Moving to breastfeeding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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