Breastfeeding a 10 month old with teeth
Well, when it comes to breastfeeding we have been so lucky. It was so easy for us and we have both enjoyed it all along, that is until 10 months. I have already been reassured from many that what I am about to describe is common at this age, and that if I keep at it things will get better. So I am hoping is the case.
Firstly- Miss has been gradually weaning herself, by this I mean that she is too busy to sit still for this nursing business. She almost never asks to nurse anymore and seems like she could care less. I am the one saying let’s nurse all the time. Thus she is still nursing 4-5 times a day. Fitfully though, and only for 15 minutes at a time. This all started when she learned to crawl, stand up and cruise. I am hoping when the novelty of this wears off she will want nursy snuggles again cause I miss our peaceful nursing sessions.
Secondly- the bitting… Oh the bitting. She has two razor sharp teeth and bit me once so hard I bled and had a scab on my breast for a week. She has only bit that hard once, thankfully, but she bites near every single time she nurses, mostly by unlatching by nipping then scrapping her teeth across my breast. She does this when she is not hungry and is bored with breastfeeding. So again, I am hoping once the novelty of her new teeth wears off she will stop this behaviour as well. I did and do exactly what my LLL league leader suggested which is say firmly No Bitting then end the nursing session for at least 10 minutes. My little munchkin however, it would seem, could care less, since she is bitting cause she isent wanting to be nursing anyhow. She just smiles and plays when I put her down. Oy.
Anyhow. I will persist and hopefully things comes around. Maybe she will appreciate the nursing more when it I am back to work and it’s a special morning and evening thing, she will be getting pumped milk in a sippy cup during the day.
I would love to hear your stories if you have any with this age of nurslings.
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