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What if my baby bites while breastfeeding

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This advice seems counter intuitive, but I was told to do this by my lactation consultant and it has worked very quickly for all 3 of my kids. When your baby bites while feeding, push their head into you breast/body firmly until they release and break their latch. Mine all quickly learned that biting meant they would have to break their latch and stop eating and they all stopped.


If your child bites while breastfeeding, you can pull him/her away and say sternly, "No" and wait for 5 minutes and then offer.

you can put your index finger in the corner of their mouth and that will stop them.


Nipple cream is your friend. Blog in your milk is okay and will not hurt the baby. If you can, nurse or pump through it. It will feel better with time.

The important thing to remember is that biting is a symptom of teething, and that when the teeth and jaw feel better, the biting will stop. If you can wait it out, it could be worth it!


when babies are not actively feeding that they may bite. This is usually at the beginning of the feed or at the end when you are not paying full attention to your baby, or they have had enough.

Your baby may have a cold, or an ear infection, that's making it hard for them to swallow.

If your baby can nip you then they probably don't have a proper latch either.

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