Biting.

Ali is starting to have a big biting problem. And it’s when she nurses. So that means it’s really MY big biting problem. except for maybe once today the boob has been put away every time because she is biting. And not once. I give her a bunch of tries. She usually starts but just kind of biting down and then I say NO, and/or grab her arm or something and she’ll usually let go. And then it’s suck, suck, bite, suck, sick, bite. Each time getting harder. It’s as the point where she seems to think it’s some kind of game? She smiles and nearly giggles when I kind-of-but-not-really yell. I’ll even smack her on the butt or lightly on the cheek and she doesn’t care. Eventually she’ll CLAMP down and then I YELL and/or hit to get her to just let go. And the boob goes away.

The afternoon when we were leaving the park I went to nurse her (b/c she barely ate any lunch or breakfast) she did the same thing and then got my arm instead. Bit me so hard there are still red, raised areas in the shape of her teeth. SO GLAD it was my arm!!!

I thought before bed she would leave it be, but nope. sucked just enough to get my milk to let down and then I had to get her off. Meanwhile I was squirting all over both of us after nearly a whole day without nursing (I hadn’t pumped since we got back from our two weeks away at the beginning of April! But got about 3oz. after I left her screaming in bed).

I don’t know what to do. In the moment all I want is to get her off. And it makes me so nervous and jumpy even when she’s being good. talk about taking the joy right out of the experience. I may have to track down one of my old nipple shields but who knows if she’d even  take it and I REALLY don’t want to have to deal with those again. It’s so frustrating. I’m even wondering if this is some sort of self-weaning?

Anyone have any advice?

3 thoughts on “Biting.

  1. OUCH! Okay, I’ve not nurse any of mine ’till they had teeth but Sam once started using me as a teething toy while nursing….lovely. In an act of pure instinct I smacked his butt. He was so scared (I yelled too….it HURT) he started crying.
    That was not NEARLY as bad as your issue. You have taken care of it well in my book. I don’t really see any different way you could handle Ali.
    Honestly, if it were me, I’d stop nursing. That’s not what I’m telling you to do. Maybe weight the pro’s and con’s?
    Have you thought about calling a lactation consultant? I’m sure they have a good idea! Kari too would have good advice.
    Love you and good luck!

  2. When des started biting people and her she bite him back and he never bit anyone again… it’s like he didn’t know that biting people was hurting them.

  3. When Dom started biting I flicked his cheek and said a stern NO. Eventually it worked. Nursed him until 16 mos. Bri didn’t bite. Isaac is biting like crazy and, not just because of the biting, I’m not nursing much anymore, except at bedtime and in the middle of the night. He bites my arm when I’m holding him and has actually given me hickeys and bite marks…Tyler’s like, who’s that from?! A stern NO and then try to distract them with something else. It takes awhile, because they are learning, but they will soon respond to the first or second NO instead of the 10th, eventually! Keep it up, mamma, it does get easier!
    Love
    Kari

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