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My son is 6 weeks old now and has started biting while breastfeeding. I am getting very sore. Any suggestions?

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Asked by mom2CandT at 12:46 PM on Apr. 20, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • he could be starting to teeth. my son did at two months. nothing that i know of that you can do about it.

    Answer by stephmiester87 at 12:48 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Re-evaluate his latch. Make sure it's big and round. You can also adjust your hold. He may be trying to get comfortable and adjust flow. I would think 6 weeks is too early to be teething, maybe just grinding for comfort.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:52 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • THe first time either of my kids bit I pulled them INTO the breast so their noses were smooshed until they let go and immediatlely sat them down besdie me and waited a few second before picking them back up, but they were both like 6 months or so. Neither of them bit again. This young it could just be a latch issue and it is very common to get sore in the first couple months of nursing.

    Answer by aeneva at 12:58 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Do you have a lot of milk? Does the milk spray out if you take him off? He could be clamping down to try and slow a strong flow of milk. Take a look here and see if you have any of the other "symptoms" of Oversupply


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 3:27 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • mine did that when they were done eating... if ti happens at the beginning fo ryou then that's not the case but if he is doing it after eating for a bit he may just be full..and bored...

    Answer by LuckyClown at 4:11 PM on Apr. 20, 2009

  • Thank you for all the advice. Thank you maggiemom2000 for the link. I will try some of the things on there too and see if it helps. I am thinking the biting may be from a fast flow problem. He does cough some (not every feed), he is really stiff during the first 20 mins of the feeding, and he pulls back from a good latch often throughout the feeding. Thanks again everyone!

    Answer by mom2CandT at 2:09 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

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