I have really enjoyed breastfeeding my kids. It has truly been amazing, and moments that I would have missed out on if I hadn’t been breastfeeding them. As much as it pains me to say this, there are moments where I want to quit. It makes me feel awful even thinking that, but Charlie has this awful, annoying habit of maneuvering his hand to grab the nipple that he isn’t nursing on and pinching it. He use to just touch my boob, now he full on pinches my nipple. It is horrible! While I would love to say that I have figured out how to make it stop, the truth is, I haven’t, but I still want to share some tips with you all to help. (more…)
Breastfeeding your baby is a very rewarding experience. It is good for mom. It helps with postpartum depression, weight loss and many things we’ve yet to discover. It helps with bonding. It’s great for baby for hundreds of reasons. But at some point, babies tend to make nursing more frustrating than fun. I’m at this point with my own nursling. He’s 10 months old, crawling and pays attention to everything around him. While this is all great for his development, it can be tough on mom (not to mention Mom’s breasts!) This is the time when some “breastfeeding manners” can come in to play. (more…)
When I last wrote about nursing after a bite had broken skin, I was recalling what seemed like distant memory. I sat in my living room typing away, cringing every so often as I remembered the pain I had endured and how I handled it. I thought to myself about how glad I was to be past that stage with my now two year old. I thought certainly such an experienced nurser would never bite again! But oh, how wrong I was.
As best I can remember, the bite happened when we were first waking up and little one was still feeling groggy. Sometimes when he’s in that sleepy state, he’ll chomp down a bit. Most of the time this is just no big deal, I unlatch him and we both move on with our day totally unaffected. This time, he must have broken the tiniest amount of skin. It took me several days to admit to myself that something was wrong, that the soreness must be caused by something, and got up the courage to check. Sure enough, a small gash had formed where his canine tooth rests when we nurse laying down. (more…)
Breastfeeding a toddler is drastically different than breastfeeding a newborn. Just ask any mom whose baby has teeth or can specifically ask for the boob. So, what does nursing a toddler really look like? How often do most mothers nurse and for how long? How do you handle biting? And what about the awkward stares from strangers while breastfeeding in public? (more…)
We continue our series following three breastfeeding moms through the children’s first year of life. At seven months, what do you do when your baby starts biting, pinching or even hitting while at the breast? How much milk does your little one really need while you’re away at work? Plus, reverse cycling and how to get your baby back on track. (more…)