Biting – Distraction, Supply or Both?

As many moms are,  I was excited for William’s firsts including his first teeth. He has two and while they are sharp, for the most part they haven’t caused any problems until recently. img_4204

Over the last weeks I’ve seen my milk supply drop in terms of what I can pump. I’m still able to make some milk to leave for when I’m at work, but it’s been less. Around this time William has now and then used his teeth while I’ve been trying to feed him.

Breastfeeding normally is quite comfortable, but being bitten is not. I’ve made sure to end the sessions in terms of breast feeding him when he does, though I do then let him finish up with his bottle.

It doesn’t happen every time luckily. Perhaps this is a way to try to get more milk, though a baby cannot of course bite and suckle at the same time. I’ve definitely seen him biting his bottle nipple. I’m hoping this behavior goes away and that I can boost the amount of milk I pump back up.

~ Danielle


45 year old mother to our infant son, William, with my husband, Matt. We live in California with our mischievous cat, Inky. I love our local sports teams (Go Giants! Go Sharks!), photography, the beach, WWE, reading and now spending lots of time as a family with one kid and one cat.

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