Lately, I’ve been rereading old blog posts I wrote about my second son, who bit me terribly. I remembered him biting me as a young baby, but must have blocked out his biting streak around a year old. I read back through that post about coping with biting, and I can’t remember it, but feel certain those were difficult and dark days.
My current baby is 8 months old and must be getting some teeth. He bites me every day, many times. My nipples are turning to leather.
Just like I recalled with #2 son, #3 son nurses better at night and first thing in the morning, when the room is dark and he’s calm.
I know when a baby is latched properly, he can’t bite because the nipple is drawn deep into his mouth. I know that I need to pay attention to him and be ready to pop him off if I feel his latch loosen, or if I sense him tighten his jaw.
But I have 3 kids now! Who has time to pay attention to any of them individually?
Thanks to all the research I did with my earlier kids, I know what the pros told me to do about this situation.
I just don’t have the time or the resources to execute these solutions right now.
I’ve been using my standby trick: draw the baby in to my chest when he bites and basically smother him with my breast until he lets go. My other boys thought this was hysterical and released their jaws to laugh at me. This baby gets upset!
Which sucks for him, I guess, but really, he’s biting my breast. I’m upset, too.
Other than the smooshing, I’ve just mainly been gritting my own teeth and bearing it. Since my baby is so into solids lately, I tend to just accept that he might nurse all night long (without biting, hopefully!) and have been offering him buttered toast to crunch instead.
Side note: The silicone chocolate bar teether is a HUGE hit with my baby right now.
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