Barracuda Baby

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Ginny - June 9

When my 4 mo is finished nursing, she does this horrible painful sucking thing that's hard to describe - she sucks, clamps down her gums, and quickly pulls her head to the side, ALL at the same time. It hurts like crazy!! She doesn't have any teeth yet, but it feels like she does. I pull her off, and sternly say , "NO!" and she cries for a second. But she still does it! And every time it happens, she looks surprised when I tell her no - Does anyone else have a problem like this? Or any other advice for biting?

 

nic nac - June 9

ROFL!!! Sorry Ginny but your t_tle cracked me up. I don't bf anymore but do you have lansoh? It's for sore nipples. Do you give your dd a bottle of bm? That will help give your b___bies a break if she takes it. Unfortunately I don't think you can do anything about your daughter biting, she is probably teething and will bite on anything. My dd is 5.5 months and does the same thing you described but with toys, teething rings and her bottle. Maybe you could give her something to bite on and she will learn to bite on that rather than your nipples.

 

Rabbits07 - June 9

My 10 week old ds does that sometimes and my other babies did it as well. I think the reason she's not quitting is that she doesn't really quite realize she's doing it. The fact that they do it when finished nursing and not during...I think they haven't fully grasped the concept of release the suction, open your mouth, pull off. So when they are done, they want it out of their mouth, and sometimes they just yank without letting loose first. I really don't have any suggestions as to how to stop it....it's not an all the time thing with ds, so I can live with it...but I just thought I'd comment on why she's probably not quitting. Maybe if you could keep an eye on how long she nurses and maybe just a minute or two before she's usually done break the suction with your finger. I don't think she'll starve from doing that.

 

Annette - June 9

My son does that too, I called it "b___by wrestling".

 

Ginny - June 9

LOL! Annette, that's too funny. Thanks fro the tips, nic nac and Rabbits07. I'm pretty sure that she is teething, because she chews on ANYTHING that comes near her mouth and drools like crazy. A lady from church told me to do the NO! thing, but I think she's too young to get it. Not to mention it makes me feel like a jerk when her lip quivers and big tears fall out. I've tried to use the lansoh before, but I am allergic to lanolin - even on my nipples. So I'll probably just have to tough up!

 

nic nac - June 9

A 4 month old doesn't understand NO! it just startles them. So i agree with you on that. Palmer's makes a nipple cream too but I don't know if it has lanolin in it or not. Like you said you prolly just have to tough up!

 

Rabbits07 - June 9

Gerber makes a nipple cream that is Lasinoh free...I got mine at Wal-Mart. It comes in a push up stick...like chapstick...only bigger.

 

Rabbits07 - June 9

that's suppose to be lanolin free..duh!

 

austinsmom - June 9

I read oddles and oddles of stuff on b___stfeeding when I found out I was pregnant and heres what they had to say........when you lo bites down on your nipple you are supposed to say no in a firm voice and pull lo into b___st covering their nose for a second...when you pull into b___st and say no at the same time air is (very very) temporarily cut off and will make lo release latch and biting .... andleave lo off your b___st for about 20 sec then resume feeding do this everytime consistantly it says this will not hurt child but will teach them that it is not ok to bite mommy....I did not last long enough b___stfeeding to have used this technique but maybe you can try it.......good luck!!

 

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