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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Posted on November 24, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I think it has to do with teething and them wanting to use them. Noah went through a stage where it seemed like he was too busy to nurse as well. But that changed now that i am back in school. all he ever wants to do is nurse and it is tough to be quite honest. He is almost 17 months old and it is so different from nursing him as a baby he is so rough no matter how much i try to show him otherwise.

    • Man, I sure it passes, she bites me almost every time…arg it sucks. She just bit me twice before I came to type this. Telling her NO and ending it is NOT working, she doesn’t care, she just smiles and crawls off to play..arg. She is to young to wean. I am gonna have to start pumping to keep my supply going.

  2. Ah, good times.

    When Jonas was teething he’d get pretty bitey and MAN that is painful. YUCK. On top of the firm “No Biting!” and stopping the nursing session, I’d kind of tap / bump him on the cheek. Not a flick or a spank or anything like that, but just a physical tap while I said no. The combination of the words / action seemed to get his attention better and he would stop. It took weeks and weeks to really train him not to bite though. But he did learn, and would only bite really rarely, usually when he was sleeping or drifting off to sleep.

    I hope you heal up quickly. I had a hard time at first because it seemed like I was getting bitten left and right. And stuff is so tender there anyway!

    How’s she doing with teething otherwise? Any fevers or crankiness? She sounds like such a doll, I have to tell you. I hate to think of her cranky because of teething pain. 😦 That always sucks for everyone.

    • She is a sweetheart and my little ‘spirited’ angel haha. She is struggling with teething poor thing, she hates it dramatically when ANYTHING is off at all, she is very emotional so she isent handling the teething well at all, no fever though, just pain and whinyness thank God for Ibuprofen and Tylenol on those really had days. We are in a pause right now that her two teeth are through and the rest are staying put. In the meantime she is putting those two teeth to good use on everything, her crib, her high chair and my boobs. Ouch.

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