Did my baby bite me?
Babies with front teeth occasionally bite while breastfeeding, causing pain and sometimes skin damage. A bite causes sudden and sharp pain, and possibly bleeding and superficial damage on the nipple or areola. They may also cause pressure sores by consistently placing their top front teeth on the same spot on the areola during feeding. Pressure sores are common if bed-sharing and caused by top front teeth, because lower front teeth are generally covered by the tongue during breastfeeding. There is no sudden pain but the area where the top front teeth touch the areola will be tender and a small, red, flaky line may develop. If not stopped, a deep wound can open. Mothers should take steps to prevent both bites and pressure sores. If skin damage is present and not infected, it can be treated with purified lanolin and covered until it heals. If it’s infected, mothers will need antibiotic in the wound or by mouth.