Friday, December 02, 2005

Demon baby

Well, I've finally won something in my life! For those of you who don't know, Phantom Scribbler holds a Wednesday whine-fest each week and I won a prize for enduring the painful chomps of my dear nursling! Not my best piece of writing, given that I didn't proofread for smooth flowing prose, but nevertheless, thank you, thank you very much. Latest installment in said nursing/chomping/tearing tendencies? The Bean now bites my shoulders and collarbones--HARD. She also will not let go of my nipple even as I'm yowling in pain, trying to (gently) force her steel-trap jaws apart. These are not playful, cute nips. She bit Sister several times last night as they romped on Sister's bed. She is apparently developing a habit and I don't know what the hell to do about it given that Bean is only 7-months old. She absolutely DOES know what she's doing because she'll stare hard at me right before she does it and grin gleefully at my firm no's, at my starled yelps, even at my putting her down on the floor. Has anyone else ever dealt with a demon baby? If so, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me how you made it stop. I'm even entertaining the idea of weaning her, and I had fully intended to breastfeed for at least her first year like I did with Sister. Have I mentioned that in addition to this biting she also grabs handfuls of my flesh wherever some is exposed and twists it, scrapes it, scrunches it in her fists? She is so not cuddly these days. Someone help!

5 comments:

Moonface said...

Totally emphathise with that. I never had any biting from Em during the 18 months I nursed her. But Ei, at just 9 months and with only a few mm of two razor sharp teeth, has already bit me several times during his feeds. Ouch!

Mommygoth said...

Oh god. Bad bean, bad. I stand by my offer to come put her out on the porch. If it makes you feel any better, Miss K slaps me in the face when she gets mad. Now, mind, my nipples aren't involved, but only because she doesn't get to come anywhere near them anymore.

Piece of Work said...

Congratulations (?)--on the whining award, at least.

I have heard that with a biting nurser, you are supposed to push their head into your breast, so they have to release to breath--sounds incredibly cruel but apparantly this works.

So sorry about the sore nipples!

Sugarmama said...

POW, that sounds like that could work. I'll give it a try, and thanks. Mommygoth, does K really slap you?! Hope you can get THAT to stop before she gets much older!

Laura said...

Now, I hesitate to give advice because people tend to freak out over biting advice--witness Amy's post on biting--but my little guy was into it a while back, and his babysitter kept a washcloth with some vinegar water on it close by, and every time he bit, he got the washcloth on his tongue. He stopped.