Angela Chee: My daughter is 8 months old. She has her two bottom teeth and is just starting to get her two top teeth. What does that mean? That she can bite me when she breastfeeds.
And ouch: A few days ago, she got me good! I didn't think much of it -- until I was pumping that night and my breastmilk was pink. Blood -- argh! They say it's fine, but I dumped it anyway. (Who wants to save pink breast milk?)
Now I basically have an open wound on my breast. I can't exactly give it a break, because how am I supposed to feed her? Even if I pump, it still hurts. I don't want to wean her yet, so I just fed through the pain, hoping she wouldn't bite again.
Then, as I was feeding her the next morning, my son came barreling into her room screaming, "Good morning!" She turned her head suddenly, scraping her teeth against my nipple. Ouch!! I was in severe pain. OK, no more surprise entrances. Please! Then my husband walked in. Yikes! (Of course, it's always when you are afraid of something happening that it happens.) That did it: Breastfeeding session over. I screamed; she started to cry. Poor baby. Poor mommy.
Yes, it sucked. The biting went on a few more times, but the good news is that eventually she stopped, and the pain went away.
Nursing experts say that when breastfeeding babies bite, you're supposed to remove them from your breast and firmly say, "No biting!" Then you're supposed to wait 10 to 15 minutes before offering food again, so they know that what they did was not OK. I tried this a few times, and it worked for me. Whew!