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This Baby Bites

By MadelinePetersen |

2 month old sleeping Tate

Tate loves to nurse. Sometimes I think when he is done eating he continues to suckle just for the heck of it. And I love nursing him. After a rough beginning, I am so grateful for the chance to be his sole source of nutrition.

One thing I don’t love about nursing Tate? His new found habit of chomping down on my nipple while he eats. It’s not that I wasn’t aware of the possibility — I heard from many many mothers that this time would come. It doesn’t happen every time and it’s not all that painful (the kid is working with only gums and gusto at this point), but it is definitely uncomfortable.

I know many women find it to be the breaking point, deciding to wean their babies after it starts happening. I fully intend to stick it out; I worked too hard to feed Tate on my own to give it up now, but I don’t know what to do about it. It’s possible it’s just a phase, he has been chewing on things way more often these last few weeks. The advice seems to be say “NO” sternly when it happens, but the thing is, I don’t think Tate is old enough to really understand what that means.

So let me ask you, how did you deal with your babies biting? Were you able to teach them not to do it? Did you give up nursing once they did? I would love to hear your experiences and advice.

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About MadelinePetersen



Madeline blogs and tweets about budget-friendly clothes, modest apparel, sales, her obsession with pop culture, and her pudgy little baby, Tate, on her personal blog, Uber Chic for Cheap. A former Babble contributor, she currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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8 thoughts on “This Baby Bites

  1. Janette says:

    My sons have both bit me a few times (with teeth), and because it has been so startling, I have just jumped and pulled them away from the breast. They both have given me looks surprise and then haven’t really done it again. I would just pull him away quickly so he learns that biting means that the boob is taken away.

  2. Grace M. says:

    I pulled my son off and said “no!” he got the message after three times.

  3. Chelsea says:

    My MIL and SIL taught me to pull the baby in closer when they bite to seal off their nose so they release you to take a breath instead of tearing them off your nipple (ouch!). Good luck!

  4. Christian single mother says:

    My daughter got three teeth in by the time she was four months. I decided to stop when it was severely painful and she was drawing blOod every time she nursed. I went to pumping instead.

  5. Kate says:

    My son is 8 months and has 4 full teeth and his 2 upper central incisors just starting to poke through. He began biting me a few days ago. YIKES. Hurts like hell! I say ow, and then “NO!” very sternly, but being my deviant son, he smiles and giggles at it. It’s slowly getting better though. Day 1 he bit me 10 times, Day 2 he bit me 3 times, and today he bit me once. So, improvement!

  6. HeyBeckyJ says:

    My 8-month old daughter Has been sporting 2 teeth since the 6-month mark. I found that when she bit me, she was usually done eating and just “hanging around to play”. So I try to pull her away when she’s done eating as a preventative measure. And if she bites me, I tell her no and mealtime is over. She hasn’t bitten in a while now. But before her teeth came in, she would often chomp down, get distracted, and try to take the nipple with her as she turned her head. Painful! That habit was harder to break, simply because I don’t think she was doing it intentionally. But feeding where there were fewer distractions helped. Keep at it! It gets easier.

  7. Grace M. says:

    Chelsea, you can also insert your pinkie in the side of their mouth to break the suction. That’s what I did when I pulled him off.

  8. Hollie says:

    Yeah, I said “We don’t bite in this family” and stopped feeding. Then I’d offer again a few minutes later if she still seemed hungry. Those toothless bites still really hurt!

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