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    My daughter started biting at about 2 weeks of age. My lactation specialist has no idea why she is biting at such a young age now she's 6 weeks old and still biting...I've tried telling her "no" in a forceful tone or saying "Ouch" in a loud voice, but she doesn't seem to respond to any of this...i don't want to take the breast away at as she so young still and won't really understand. Any suggestions on how to deal with this would be greatly welcomed. Thank you

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    It sounds like she is not "biting" per say but more clamping down. Often times when you have a fast let down the milk comes pouring out and they will clamp down to try and control it a little. Its like drinking from a fire hydrant. I have a fast let down and have experienced this myself. You might try feeding her laying down sideways or even slightly on your back so gravity helps with the let down. Kellymom.com has some great pics demonstrating this. Here is the link.

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    • #3
      It sounds like baby could be clamping, which is different than biting, absolutely. Or when you say biting do you mean kinda chewing on the nipple, thats a different cause also. There could be a number of reasons for clamping or chewing, and it would probably be most helpful to ask lots of questions so I can be sure I get a full picture. Do you have a local LLL group you can call?

      I hesitate to give direction without being sure of what you are talking about. Does your nipple turn white and or blanched, is it one breast or both breasts, this started 2 weeks ago? Do you hear clicking, mishapen nipple? Does baby have a hard time opening up mouth fully?

      These answers should give me a better understanding.

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      • #4
        She started doing this at about two weeks of age. ( I had a low milk supply and once I got a good supply in is when she started to clamp down). She never pulls off the nipple so i have no idea what colour it turns to. I'm assuming it goes white. She just clamps down on it for a few second and the releases it and continues to eat. I have no misshapen nipple as far as I know. I hear no clicking. I have a lactation specialist here in town but I find her information very conflicting to the other breastfeeding clincs I've been to. She's still trying to get me to feed her off of both breasts even though i've told her it give her lots of gas and green poop. (the other breast feeding clincs tell me to only feed her off of one breast). Is there any other information i missed giving you or that you need?

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        • #5
          oh and she doesn't have trouble opening her mouth wide.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the response, something you said about the green poops and milk supply was helpful.

            I am sure, as you know, green poop can be an indicator of foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Block-nursing, like it sounds like you are doing by nursing on one breast for a couple hours, can help that and regulate your milk supply. You may have to play with how long till you switch to the other breast. Some mothers have found a few hours works, while others nurse on a 6 or 8 hour block. Your baby is 6 weeks old, so it shouldn't hurt your milk supply.

            Befor baby clamps down does she choke or sputter?

            That would definitely point to baby having a hard time with handling your let down. Like happymama said it can be like a firehose! Besides nursing in positions that allow gravity to slow things down, if you can feel your milk letting-down, removing baby right before that and letting your milk spray into a towel, till it is less forceful and baby can handle it. Then putting your sweet babe back to the breast. Do you think you could try this?

            Baby has no comprehension that this causes you pain, your baby loves you and finds breastfeeding comforting- there is nothing like mama's milk! I don't believe saying No in a forceful way will help. In fact, it could associate negative feelings with breastfeeding for the babe. Although clamping can be extremely painful and hard to smile through! If baby does clamp down, breaking the suction gently, removing baby from the breast, and take a deep breath and try again. Being sure you are aiming for a big latch.

            Does baby clamp on both breasts?

            Also, the gas may come from baby gulping to keep up with your let-down. Often times, things regulate between 9-12 weeks and baby adjusts and so does your body, but some women do have a forceful let-down and need to implore a few of these tactics for a while.

            Do you have a local LLL group? Often times LLL Leaders can make a home-visit and help. The meetings are a great wat to connect, find support and get your questions and or concerns addressed.

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            • #7
              She tends to clamp down more in the middle or towards the end, and she does it on both breast. I'm sorry to say I don't know what an LLL group is...is it in America?? I live in Canada.

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              • #8
                It's La Leche League. They are an international organization. Here's the website for LLL Canada: http://www.lalecheleaguecanada.ca/ You can search there to find the one in your area. They are INCREDIBLY helpful & supportive with nursing challenges. It's also nice to meet so many other mamas who are committed to breastfeeding!

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