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Biting while breastfeeding. Give up?

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lemonslemonslemons Mon 09-Jan-17 13:34:40

Advice needed!!

DS is almost 7mo. He was RBS until 5mo when I introduced a bottle of formula at bedtime. Started weaning at 6mo and he is taking to it really well. So well that he isn't as fussed about breast feeds and has started biting me and drawing blood (he got top 4 teeth at the same time so has 6 full teeth now). I introduced another formula feed around 1pm in the hope that he would take more milk (as after a bite I'd be too scared to put my boob back in his mouth!) as he was having less due to weaning.

My thoughts are this:
- I don't want to be bitten, it's bloody awful
- I don't want to stop breast feeding entirely as he is my last baby and I'm all emosh. Maybe I could still do the middle of the night feed as he is half asleep so doesn't bite?!

I'm thinking to formula feed during the day then do the middle of night feed as BF.

What do you think??

Nottalotta Tue 10-Jan-17 11:15:59

I think this is a phase, ds did it at the same sort of age. I would unmatched him and say no firmly. It took a couple of weeks then he stopped.

ZZZZ1111 Thu 12-Jan-17 21:31:56

Agree, if the only reason you want to drop Bfs is due to the biting, then hold fire as it is probably a phase. My baby has had a couple of biting phases (lasting up to a week at a time) whilst teething, and then it has stopped. You learn to recognise the signs they have stopped feeding and may be about to bite, and then delatch with your little finger. Remember lots of people breastfeed older babies with their whole set of teeth without any problems. So if you can hang in there things should settle down!

IamChipmunk Sun 15-Jan-17 18:48:12

My ds did this for about a week at about 9m old. I would just stop feeding him and give an 'ouch' he soon got sick of being unlatched and then fed normall.

Lizsmum Sun 15-Jan-17 19:55:23

My dd had teeth at 4 months and bit a few times. I gritted my teeth and braved it out like a good mummy (PFB) but then asked a more experienced mum. She asked me what I felt like doing - 'screaming' I said. So she told me to do that .... no more biting.

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