OUCH: I think I have a biter!
Not to toot my own hooters, but I have been a successful nurser to date. I've nursed my first two for a cumulative total of five years. Now, I'm nursing my third, and we're eight months in. However. This little one -- a boy, unlike the first two, so perhaps that may make it different -- has begun to bite! OUCH! For any of you mamas who have been chomped on, whether or not your babe has teeth, you know the feeling. It is painful. It is not fun.
I know when he wants to chomp. He clamps down when he's distracted, when it happens to be noisy, when he's overtired, oversleepy. After a three-day weekend away, with many occasions when I've tried to nurse him for comfort, he's bitten me one. too. many. times. Now, I am sore. Even when he has a good latch, it hurts when he nurses. Every time his sucking slows, dangerously slow, I am ready to flinch. I am nervous now, and my heart has been beating a bit harder every time we set down to nurse.
I'm thinking: maybe we pump a bit more and nurse a bit less? Maybe we use nursing less as a comfort mechanism? The thought makes me sad, as I have had such a warm, cuddly experience with the years of nursing. Do I "discipline" him, for ever bite? Scold him? Firmly say "NO", and refuse to continue? I know I'm not the only one whose nips have been nipped!