Baby biting, help!

(10 Posts)
Persephone76 Wed 29-Jun-16 16:13:03

Baby is 6.5 months, has 1 bottle of formula at 11pm and breastfed the rest of the time. She is also weaning and has 3 small meals a day. She's just dropped her lunchtime breastfeed and has just this week cut her first 2 teeth.

She's bit me 3 times now, the first 2 times there were loud noises that triggered the bite. The last time, I wonder if she just wasn't hungry but as she's on more solid food now I am struggling to know when she needs a milkfeed. Her schedule is roughly as follows:

7am - breastfeed
8am - porridge
11am - breastfeed
12.30 - lunch
4pm - breastfeed
5.30pm - tea
7pm - breastfeed
11pm - dreamfeed bottle

Looking at it, it does seem a lot of milk with the food she's having too.

Any advice?

jbee1979 Wed 29-Jun-16 22:31:14

Its probably her teeth. Teething always causes my LO to bite.

I say NO firmly, then MILKIES AWAY with a sad face, then feed her again within seconds and say GOOD GIRL, DRINK MILKIES. If she bites again I leave a longer gap before offering again.

She'll bite because she's sore, stuffy nose, distracted, bored, trying to get your attention, because she can, because she's full up, frustrated with slow flow, annoyed it's too fast... Any number of reasons.

Don't assume she's not hungry, food before one is just for fun! Keep going, you're doing great. Just try and nip it in the bud before she has more teeth and hasn't learnt that it's not okay! Lol

Persephone76 Thu 30-Jun-16 18:29:03

Thanks for replying! Biting seems to be getting worse today, 4 more times, argh!

orangebird69 Thu 30-Jun-16 18:33:38

A sharp NO BITING! and remove your boob. My ds is nearly 9 mo. Had his first 2 twttg before 5 months and has just cut his 7th. He's pretty good most of the time, if he feels the need to bite down whilst feeding he pulls away from my boob and bites on my fingers instead. Poor little sod, it must be agony for them.

orangebird69 Thu 30-Jun-16 18:35:05

Twttg? Teeth! blush

hethajf Thu 30-Jun-16 20:54:41

A slightly different angle on things... my LO started clamping down a couple of weeks back, turns out we both had a bout of thrush but she obviously felt the symptoms before I did as I was oblivious and thought she was teething. Since it's been treated she's also stopped biting, it might be a coincidence but I'm sure the thrush had something to do with it x

Chocolatron Thu 30-Jun-16 21:07:11

Same as orangebird I say loudly NO BITING and put the boob away/pop LO on the floor. I noticed DD would bite at the end of a BF or if her teeth seemed to be bothering her. Sometimes I think it's because biting is a new sensation for them so they try it out on everything including our poor nipples!

ToBeAChadsman Fri 01-Jul-16 19:42:10

Sorry if I'm hijacking the thread but 11mo DD is biting me at the moment, I think because her top teeth are on the way. I'm doing the "no biting"/putting her down if she does it in the day, but she still feeds to sleep and putting her down just wakes her up again. Any suggestions what to do when they bite when you're trying to get them to sleep?

Bertieboo1 Fri 01-Jul-16 19:51:00

Looking at your schedule, I would say that is a good balance of food and milk. Agree with the other posters that taking off immediately is the best option.

CheersBigEars1 Sat 02-Jul-16 09:04:33

We have spells of biting every time a new tooth/teeth come through. As well as taking him off and trying again after a wee while I found changing positions really helped. When DSs two front teeth came through we had to stick to rugby hold on one side for a week, total hassle in the middle of the night but saved my boobs. It must be so weird for them having these new things in their mouth. Always settles back down and we have 7 teeth now!

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