My baby has teeth now. How do I stop baby from biting my breast while feeding?

This is sometimes an issue with bigger babies. It sometimes happens by accident because the teeth are new and baby doesn’t know how to handle it yet. If baby is latching on correctly, they won’t be able to bite the breast because the tongue will block the teeth. But sometimes after baby has finished feeding, the tongue is going back into the mouth and that’s when they might accidentally bite the mother. The mother will scream in pain and the baby will look at the mother. The baby will smile and the mother won’t know how to respond, and the baby will think that the mother is playing with them so they will do it again.

What we suggest is to try to stay calm if baby bites and to talk firmly with the baby and tell them not to do that, in a serious tone. We have to communicate with baby from that early stage. Usually the baby will understand that the mother doesn’t like it. We can also avoid it from happening by taking out the breast once baby has settled and is about done, so that they won’t accidentally bite.

Excerpt from Answering breastfeeding questions ( Thots N Tots & SusuIbu.Com )

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