For nearly a week now, my son (the younger of the twins) has been biting me while nursing. Yes, that's right, BITING. I'm cringing as I type this.
I guess I should say that, of the two twins, he's the gentler biter. She chomps and gives no hesitancy whatsoever. I have felt this on my finger and nose. He is a bit kinder and gentler. But, a bite is a bite. It HURTS!
I'm committed to breastfeeding these two, and I am aiming for at least two years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum of two years. Some other time we can talk about why the WHO would make such a recommendation, where the American Pediatric Association only recommends one year.
This little boy of mine has been biting my breast at least one time a day for the last five to six days. This is the first of four children where biting has continued to be an issue. By issue, I mean, lasting more than a day or two. I don't do anything to draw attention to his activity - to his biting. I unlatch him immediately, and he is done (not by his choice) with that nursing session.
One time, he bit me harder and I was in no small amount of pain (and I was frustrated), I flicked him on the cheek. That gave him an unpleasant shock.
Every nursing session, especially during the day, I try to carefully observe when he seems to be done getting his meal/drink and I unlatch it. This is one of my attempts to prevent him from biting me. That pretty much rules out using me as a pacifier or for comfort. But, until he gets the idea that he's not supposed to bite me, this is the way it has to be.