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How To Stop Your Breastfed Baby From Biting

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Ashlynne Sharma
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My little one is nearly nine months old and has grown two very sharp little teeth. She's been exclusively breastfed until the last few months when she's started solids.

I don't want to stop breastfeeding her just yet so I've worked out a few ways to prevent her biting me with her new little pearly whites, which when it happens, is extremely painful.

Attachment is key. Go back to when you were first learning to breastfeed and the midwives showed you to place your nipple below bub's nose so they opened their mouth nice and wide. This is important to remember to avoid being bitten. Just take it nice and slow.

My daughter is very clear with her cues and one big thing I have noticed recently is how if she's feeling playful and not hungry, she will bite. So, gone are the days when I will offer her my breasts over and over again. She makes it clear when she wants the boobie and when she doesn't. So now I offer her toys when she's feeling playful to avoid a bite.

If all else fails and I end up with bleeding nipples, I go and purchase a new nipple shield until the biting phase is over.

I hope this helps ladies, good luck!

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