Monday, February 27, 2006

Another bad habit

Okay, I know that I recently posted about nursing and probably came across as pretty ambivalent and perhaps even a bit...well, weary. Today's post will do nothing to disabuse anyone of that impression.

The delightful Baby Bean has developed yet another habit associated with nursing. Biting has mostly fallen by the wayside--mostly. She still does it when she's especially tired, or sometimes she'll nip me when she's done because she knows I'll put her down. My firm, "No biting!" is apparently a hilarious extra. Now, Miss Bean also...how shall I put it so that the whackos don't find this? She also fondles me. She reaches down my shirt and fondles the one she isn't nursing from. I'm getting very tired of this indeed but have no idea how to make her stop. I should add that she's also begun doing this even when she ISN'T nursing. Like, say ,when I'm making myself a cup of tea, her hand will almost absent-mindedly find its way down my pajamas as she stares her zoney morning stare. Or we'll be standing in line at the grocery store and she'll be checking everyone out around us while stuffing her hand down my shirt layers. Know what else is fun? She does it to other women besides me, too. My friend who came to visit Friday. My mom. If you come visit, please do NOT wear anything v-neck. I'm just saying. Because this new bad habit is excruciatingly annoying.

13 comments:

Amber said...

ROFL (only because it's not me!) My 9 month old enjoys biting (ouch) as well as rolling my tender boob skin between her fingers while nursing. It's painful. I latch her on and then pull my shirt back down as far as I can trying to crowd her out. Sometimes it works and she'll roll her ear instead (she does that when she's tired) but sometimes she'll reach up and pinch/grab the flabby skin under my arm and pinch/roll it. Waaaahhh!!!

Nixie Knox said...

Oh, I remember those days. The Z was a pincher. She pinched when she nursed. She pinched when she napped. She pinched, pinched, pinched. I never thought she would stop. And then one day - poof - no more pinching.

I kinda miss those pinches.

Mama D said...

Little A pinches but doesn't fondle so far. And she bites me with her gums which I soon fear/anticipate will sprout a tooth!

I would have absolutely no idea how to handle the fondling. She's really too young to understand if you tried to stop her.

Dawn said...

Em used to do that - and frankly, I think she tried to do it the other morning. I'm half asleep and a little hand is roaming looking for a warm spot - which is my boob. I'm all like "HEY!!!

Honestly, I have to be groped too?

When she nursed, she would roll my nipple around on her gums and I would say "Get to business, child - no playing!"

And now, I would like to see your site hits from this post...

Tired Tunia said...

Yikes! Sounds like fun. I wasn't able to nurse either of my kiddos for very long, and while I know it isn't something I should admit in the current mommy circle, it was a lot easier to bottlefeed! I also remember wondering why all my other mommy friends knew exactly when each and every of their baby's teeth came in, and why I didn't have much memory of it. Because I wasn't being bitten during every baby meal, that's why! Good luck, hang in there!

Queen Beth said...

Both my girls did this. I don't remember how I got them to stop tho. I think when they got older I just pulled theirs hands out and said no.

Manhattan Mama said...

I so remember the rabbit doing that. Only when I would say "No Biting" she would cry and I ended up feeling like I just had to bear it...until I decided I'd had enough (about a day later.) And then she went on nursing strike and started to wean herself....she was just past 10 months old so I felt a little sad. But I did NOT miss the biting.....

Erin said...

Yes! Dough Boy does the SAME thing. What is the obsession? WHY must you do that?? It is your food source, don't play with it!!

Nancy said...

Ugh, that could be embarrassing -- especially when it's someone else she's fondling. It's probably just a sign of affection for her, but I don't know how you'd get her to stop. Maybe grabbing her hand and holding it to stroke it?

Mommygoth said...

Hilarious. Bean is just too much. I'll remember to cover up if I get to see you guys this weekend!

theyellowwallpaper said...

I agree with the shirt selection, having had my "girls" revealed in public after my daughter tugged a little too hard.

Belle said...

I nursed, but never had that happen. I certainly wouldn't know how to stop it.

VenturaMom said...

I have an answer to the groping issue (my girl did it as well). I would grab her groping hand and put it somewhere else while saying firmly, "No, Girl. Just one boobie at a time." It took 2 or 3 days to change the behavior. Good luck!