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PersisFord Wed 25-Nov-15 20:18:17

Hi, hoping for a bit of advice.
My 5mo baby was tongue tied and had it snipped at 3 days old. Still has a significant lip tie but now feeds well and is growing like a weed.
He has always been a bit bitey - towards the end of a feed he will often clamp down with his boney little gums and pull away. Agony. I push his face into my boob til he lets go and I terminate the feed. This worked well with DC1, but he hasn't got the message, and was still doing it from time to time. But now he is teething and unless I catch him when he is really sleepy he is doing it loads, and it's just awful! He is chomping on everything in sight - his hands, my hands, teething toys - this is all fine but my poor, poor nipples! He has done it at every feed today and I don't know how to stop him.
He is the world's sweetest baby in every other way, and I think part of the trouble is that he thinks it's hilarious when I shriek with pain - he always comes out with an angelic smile. I love him so much, but this HAS to stop. Please help!!

PersisFord Thu 26-Nov-15 09:36:11

Just one little bump. I'm desperate!!

ReedBunting Thu 26-Nov-15 09:38:44

no tips to stop him doing it I'm afraid but lansinoh cream for you - I have a biter and it does make it slightly less sore.

PersisFord Thu 26-Nov-15 09:44:01

Thanks for the tip, will dig it out. And flowers for you in nipple solidarity

beckworth Thu 26-Nov-15 10:01:22

If he's doing it towards the end of a feed watch him like a hawk - mine would sometimes do it when he started to lose interest, and I could sometimes catch it before it happened. If at the beginning (which was more of a problem for me) when latching, concentrate on waiting for a really wide gape and then 'post' your boob as far in as possible. That sometimes stopped the biting, and if it didn't it limited the damage confused. Change of position can sometimes distract them as well. It will pass. I remember thinking 'I'm not sure how much longer I can take this' and it just stopped.

beckworth Thu 26-Nov-15 10:03:19

Oh, and I meant to say, your thread title made me laugh. Mine was also tongue tied and had to have 4 snips because they could never get all the way to the back of the tie as he kept clamping down. He became known to them as 'the bitey baby'.

PersisFord Thu 26-Nov-15 13:01:03

4 snips!! Poor you, I found one pretty traumatic!! It is usually at the end of the feed so I can try to preempt it but sometimes it's just for no good reason at all!
Hopefully he will grow out of it. It's so horrible!!

Lopistikke Thu 26-Nov-15 14:23:36

Mine does this.
Wedge something behind his head so he can't pull off?

PersisFord Thu 26-Nov-15 15:25:55

That's a good idea Lopistikke. I might try rugby ball hold next feed just to distract him. I took him off when he started messing around last feed but the trouble is he likes pulling off to smile at me and have a chat anyway so I think maybe he wasn't quite finished. But i guess he will learn. I should maybe have been stricter with him when he was tiny but I was just so pleased he was feeding!

ReedBunting Thu 26-Nov-15 22:44:41

oh another thing and it's relevant to me today so I'm definitely feeling your pain, but DS2 sometimes bites when I've not had enough water to drink so upping my water intake can help too. Hope you're getting some relief.

PersisFord Fri 27-Nov-15 08:46:36

That is a really good tip - don't remember the last time I drank anything that isn't coffee!

Watching him like a hawk today and no bites so far.....he started to try and I just whipped the boob away before he could properly clamp down!! Little vampire!!!

PersisFord Fri 27-Nov-15 08:47:35

PS for some reason I started thinking about beckworth and the bitey baby and got the raging giggles in the middle of the night!!

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Fri 27-Nov-15 08:55:39

DD1 used to do this, it was agony! I used to slip my pinkie into her mouth and it made her let go, worked every time smile

PersisFord Fri 27-Nov-15 18:46:45

whatthe did she stop then eventually altogether? And did you then stop the feed or let her relatch and carry on?

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Fri 27-Nov-15 22:13:39

I used to continue the feed if it was early on,if I thought she'd had enough I'd stop.

I can't remember exactly how old she was when she stopped doing it, but it was definitely before she had a lot of teeth! grin

Just slip the tip of your finger between his jaw and your nipple and he will automatically open her mouth and stop it.

PersisFord Sat 28-Nov-15 18:38:45

Ok, thanks for all the advice! I am encouraged that it will eventually stop, was having serious thoughts about weaning!!
flowers to you all

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