The baby bites the breast during feeding
The process of teething often brings physical pain not only to the baby, but to the mother – very often the child experiences its new purchase during feeding on the mother’s breast, and it really hurts. Since most breastfeeding moms try not to stop breastfeeding and hope to wean the crumb of this habit, it is advisable not to experiment with yourself and the baby, but first get acquainted with the causes of this phenomenon and the methods that help stop it.
Why can a child bite the breast during feeding? Very often the artisanal mother believes that the child bites the breast due to teething (many mothers even are interested in how to respond to the first bite in advance, because the crumbs will soon start to appear teeth). However, not always children start to bite because of aching and itching gums. A child may bite his mother’s breast during feeding if:
- His gums and sore gums (the child at these moments tries to gnaw everything he can reach, and the mother’s breast is no exception). The fact that the period of teething has begun is shown by abundant salivation and swollen gums, and the baby becomes restless and capricious.
- He wrongly grasped the nipple. This situation is often observed at the initial stage of breastfeeding. In the first months of life, the child can not fully bite – the baby paints enough and painfully bites the nipple with the gums, but then the mother and the child learn the technique of feeding, and such moments are not repeated in most cases. However, over time, mom stops monitoring the feeding process closely, combining the pleasure with the useful (attention in the feeding process switches from the baby to the book, TV, etc.), and the situation with the wrong grip of the nipple is repeated. The kid tries not to lose the nipple and bites it, but now he is armed with sharp teeth.
- He has a cold. The obstruction of the nose or snot with a stream significantly complicates the process of feeding, so the child can suffice the nipple with food when eating.
- He does not have enough milk. With proper breastfeeding, the amount of milk increases in proportion to the needs of the crumbs, but during the period of normalization of the menstrual cycle in the mother, with diseases or physical exertion, the amount of milk in certain periods may be insufficient. Sucking a breast is a rather hard job, and if a child spends effort for nothing, he becomes angry and may well bite his mother. All children at an early stage of their development are egocentricists, claiming undivided motherly attention, and feeding time is the moment of the closest contact between the mother and the baby (usually the mother communicates with the baby in the process of feeding). If the mother allowed herself to be distracted by extraneous objects, the child may try to remind herself and her spiritual need for food, and with the nipple in her mouth it is most convenient to do this simply by clenching the jaws. Sometimes a child is not going to bite, but my mother for some reason takes the breast before the baby agrees to let her go. The bite in this case is a consequence of the reflex jaw. It provokes bites and the use of a pacifier, as during sucking the tongue and the muscles of the mouth move differently than when sucking artificial breast substitutes. Usually, the baby of the first months of life can mix up the nipple and the pacifier, but in some cases this situation is also observed at an older age. In children who can drink from the drinker, the attempt to chew the breast may be due to the habit of chewing the tip of the drinker.