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How to Keep Nursing Infants From Biting

One of the best strategies to keep your little one from biting while breastfeeding is to provide her with a little soothing distraction. Laurie MacLeod, a certified nurse midwife at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, recommends that moms try stroking the infant's hair and playing with her fingers during nursing. “If your baby seems to be teething and is breastfeeding to pacify the pain, offer a teething toy instead,” she said. Should baby begin to bite down, calmly ease her from your breast. While it may be natural to jump or exclaim when your little one bites, sudden movements can backfire, frightening your child and making her bite even harder.

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