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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by claire on Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:14 pm

jack doesnt have teeth yet but he is teething and sometimes when he is feeding he will clamp his gums down and start using me a teether. i take him off and tell him no then re latch him and he will feed fine and then with no warning he will do it again. any one have ne tips x
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Post by toriaaaaTRASH on Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:32 pm

Telling them "no" doesn't work. I thought it would, but it scares baby and gets you rattled. Never good. The best advice I was given is "if they're biting then they're not really wanting to feed." If she bites me, I put her down and wait untill she comes back to me. If she bites me again, I do the same. She very rarely bites me now. Infact I couldn't tell you the last time she bit me. You just have to make sure they're sucking and not playing x
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Post by Helen on Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:38 pm

I dont no if this is any help to you but i found it on kellymom.com :aww:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/biting.html#prevent


Ways to PREVENT biting


  1. Biting at the end of a nursing session: Biting often takes place at the end of a nursing session when baby is getting bored and is no longer hungry. If you start to have a biting problem, watch for signs of boredom, and take baby from the breast before the biting starts. Also, watch for tension in baby's jaw before he starts to bite down. He may also pull his tongue back from it's normal position over the lower gum/teeth.
  2. When baby is teething: Biting can also be brought on by teething. If baby seems to be teething rather than wanting to nurse, offer her a teething toy or something cold to bite (instead of you). Offer baby a teething toy after a bite or "near miss." When you do this, tell her, "This is for biting. Be gentle when you nurse." See also these comfort measures for teething.

    When my oldest was teething, I could tell whether my baby felt like biting or nursing by offering her a finger (careful!) or a toy before nursing - she would either suck or bite.
  3. Biting at the beginning of a nursing session: If baby is biting at the beginning of a nursing session, make sure baby opens wide when latching on. If your teething baby is biting at the beginning of a nursing session, try giving her a teething toy or something cold to chew on before nursing. Praise baby when she latches on correctly, without biting.
  4. Distracted baby: When baby is distracted, don't force a nursing. If he's wriggling, rolling, or pushing against you with his arms, he may not be hungry or interested in nursing. Try lying down with him in a quiet room, walking or rocking. See also these tips for nursing distracted babies.
  5. Biting for attention: Focus your attention on your baby while nursing, if you're having a problem with biting. Some older babies will bite for attention. Paying attention will also help you to be aware of when baby is about to bite.

Use positive reinforcement and praise for good latch on and careful unlatching. Even the youngest babies can learn to nurse properly when mom uses gentle encouragement.
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Post by kay on Sun Jan 04, 2009 10:17 am

Corey went through a stage of 'gumming' me just before cutting his teeth - i was dreading them coming through!
Since cutting his 5 teeth in 2 days What a Face he has never bitten me! (touch wood.....)

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Post by clairelana on Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:16 am

Kaydi has 6 teeth now and FC has not bitten me.
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Post by jools on Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:20 am

Brody was the same - he used to love gumming me but once he got teeth he only ever bit me once.
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Post by Squiglet on Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:36 pm

Lil miss bites more when she's teething... She'll do it for attention too..but more when a tooth is about to appear.. I just up the bonjela and calp but shes been biting atm and shes near severed a nipple affraid Her poop was black too from the amount of blood there was... I'm not impressed..

Saying no doesn't work really... but I say... No biting and put her down. She throws a strop, screams, kicks, tries to pull my top down saying boob... but I won't let her until at least 10 mins after shes bitten me or at least until I can stem the bleeding :pml:
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Post by claire on Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:05 pm

thanks every one great tips there x x
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