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Q&A: Baby Keeps Biting Me While Nursing?

My baby keeps biting me while she's nursing. I've tried telling her "no" — it didn't help. She thinks it's funny. How do I make her stop?
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Lactation Specialist
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March 2, 2017
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When you tell her “no,” are you offering the breast (or other food) right afterwards? If so, try holding off on this for at least 10 to 15 minutes — even if baby gets upset. You don’t want to reward her for biting. After a few days of this, most babies will take the hint that biting equals good-bye breast. (And if she laughs at your “no,” try not to crack up. She needs to know you mean business.)

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