Causes Babies To Bite Their Nipples While Breastfeeding?

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1 Answer:

Hi Pramudya,

Thank you for asking

When you already have many teeth, it is natural that babies often bite their mother's nipples. This condition usually occurs when the baby feels an uncomfortable sensation around the oral cavity, for example just before teething. Not only that, babies also often bite if the mother's nipples are forcibly removed when she still wants it.

In general, the effective duration of breastfeeding babies can range from 10 to 20 minutes. More than that, babies usually only pacify. At the age of your baby who has stepped on 11 months, the frequency of breastfeeding is not as frequent as before, which can range from 3 to 4 hours, because he has begun to adept at consuming foods and drinks other than breast milk.

Therefore, you can urge your wife to take the following steps:

Feed your baby regularly 3 to 4 hours. When breastfeeding, ask your baby to interact, ask him not to bite your nipples because it can cause you pain, slowly the baby will understand if you are able to communicate properly After the baby feels enough to suckle, release your nipples completely slowly from the baby's mouth, to avoid the baby biting the nipple, you can use your fingers as a guide in releasing your nipples (of course, make sure you have washed your hands thoroughly before feeding the baby) If the nipples that are bitten by a baby are chafed, you can clean the nipples thoroughly periodically, apply a moisturizer that is safe if eaten by a baby (such as olive oil), do not carelessly given medication. If a sore nipple feels very sore when breastfeeding, feed your baby on the other side of the breast first, and breast blisters that are so that the milk production does not decrease. Always use a bra that is comfortable, clean, and made from soft. If with the above efforts your wife's condition does not improve, don't hesitate to consult with your doctor or lactation consultant doctor at the nearest health facility.

I hope this helps.

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