Biting thinking she doesnt want it anymore

A baby's refusal to feed is a distressing time. Sometimes the refusal is outright; other times just an extreme fussiness. Usually it is temporary and the baby returns to the breast. Share your experiences and support one another through this tough time here.
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Biting thinking she doesnt want it anymore

Post by mum2max » Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:06 am

My dd has been biting every feed for the past 2 weeks. Now she has started doing it at the start of a feed. When i watch her closely and try to take her off before she does her finishing bite she bites harder. So today i thought i wouldnt offer and ill wait until she asks problem is she never asked so i offered at about 6pm and she stuffed around abd bit again. So now she has had a little stuff around feed off one boob so the other one is going to explode. Ive tried expressing i just cant do it. Im stressed because i didnt want feeding to stop like this especially because of biting. She has just turned 1 and was only having 2 feeds but still even if i could of got one feed a day from her it would still be good for her. I think its ended i was really thought she would go to at least a few more months.
I would appreciate advice. I dont know what to do. If she wony feed and i cant express is there something i can take for it?

Thanks for reading :)
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Post by Bundy » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:58 am

Can't offer any advice except to say that I am in the same boat you are not alone. My DD went from 6 feeds in a 24 hr period to nothing. She would bite me and wiggle off my lap to get away... She would shake her head, no when i ask her if she wants milk. Our bubs are the same age.
6 days on the nursing strike so far. I think its over for me :cry:

Hopefully you can convince your bub to come back to the boob!
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No longer feeding, her choice. You can lead a baby to the breast but you can't make it drink !

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Post by Bundy » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:00 am

Do you want to take something to increase supply or decrease supply?
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Post by mum2max » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:24 pm

Thanks. I was wanted to take something that help decrease my supply. Im just worried about mastitis. I just tried her again and she bit within 4 seconds and pushed herself away i actually thought she wanted it. Ohh well at least i got past 12 months. She is walking so i guess she thinks there is better thinks to do.
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Post by strolltotheshops » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:38 pm

Oh, that sounds difficult.

This page https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/biting.html has info about possible reasons why a baby might bite and possible ways a mum might choose to respond.

I'm not a breastfeeding counsellor, but I have heard that after the newborn days (when breastmilk production is stimulated by the endocrine=hormonal system) when you're feeding an older baby breastmilk production is stimulated by the autocrine=demand/supply system and therefore any medicines for 'drying up milk' are ineffective.

Could you ring or email a breastfeeding counsellor on the breastfeeding helpline? Volunteer counsellors are available 24/7, so you could ring or email tonight if you'd like to.

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Post by Bundy » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:35 am

I am taking sage capsules, and sage tea. As well as peppermint oil. I am not sure if it is helping or the decrease in supply is just the natural process of things..
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Post by Bundy » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:42 am

How is your DD going? Has she stopped biting?
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No longer feeding, her choice. You can lead a baby to the breast but you can't make it drink !

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