Baby/Toddler likes to bite mama while breastfeeding...what do we do?
August 22, 2012 3:23 PM Subscribe
Our lovely baby boy (11 months
old, with two sharp and pointy bottom incisors with two more coming in on top) has started biting mama fairly regularly while breastfeeding over the past few days. What are some things we can do?
posted by nosh, daven, shtup to grab bag (27 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
- Nursing is also the primary method of getting him to sleep (we co-sleep)
- He eats some solids but is not fully weaned and still wants to nurse many times a day
- He's thirsty a lot of the time and we have been giving him so water for hydration but want to avoid giving him too much (We don't want him to fill up on water and not get the nutrition he needs from breastmilk)
- We have had milk supply issues in the past. She's taking medications that help but we just recently completed a lot of long-term travel which apparently can interfere with nursing and milk supply
- We have been slowly half-weaning him by feeding him small meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) but at this point these meals are not complete and we have been relying on the breast milk for full nutrition (we've been taking the whole "under one, just for fun" position on solid foods)
Maybe the biggest component is how this is affecting my wife emotionally. Even though she knows he is not biting maliciously, it is still hurtful when he does it. It's extremely painful (possibly due to the shape of my wife's nipples, they don't stretch out like many nipples do) and he has almost broken the skin once or twice. She is now fearful about breastfeeding, which makes her really sad as she sees breastfeeding as something very special and important, both from a nutrition standpoint and as a bonding activity between her and our son. I have seen her extremely despondent and hopeless about the situation.
Bonus, related problem:
I think my wife is often dehydrated and isn't drinking enough water. I have to remind her to drink water/fluids a lot. She just doesn't have an internal signal that most people do to let her know that she needs more water (she doesn't get thirsty). She has gone much of a day without drinking any fluids, and this is in the summer when dehydration is a real problem. So I wonder whether dehydration is affecting her milk supply and causing our son to get frustrated while nursing. Tips and tricks from people who specifically had the problem of not drinking when thirsty, and what they did to fix this, would be greatly appreciated as I think it would help with her supply and her overall health. Note that for some reason the "drink water now" chimes don't work at all (mostly because they come right when she has her arms full with the kid) so I'm really looking at how people changed from "never noticing they're thirsty" to "being very aware of their hydration".