This Baby Bites

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.