Nibble, nibble

Wow. We are in the opposite of a sweet spot with Sadie right now. I think we’re entering the “testing the limits” phase. Not so easy. Sadie is starting to pitch mini-fits when she doesn’t get something she wants or when I have to take something away from her. I’m standing my ground, though, because I really only take/keep something from her if she truly shouldn’t have it. Yesterday, though, she started kind of hitting me when I was picking her up from daycare. I think maybe I need to put her down as soon as she starts that sort of thing up.

The other thing I’m dealing with right now is her biting me. I’m worried that my supply really has taken a dip, and I wonder if it might have been my tummy issues and getting dehydrated at the end of last week. Most of her bites come when she’s finished nursing, and I wonder if she’s biting me in part because she’s not getting as much as she wants. It was bad enough when she was biting to soothe her gums before she had her four front teeth. But now that she’s got both top and bottom teeth, it’s horribly painful when she bites me. I know some people would say I should flick her when she does it, but I just can’t. I try not to react in a startled way, because that usually just makes her laugh. Instead I just end the session, at least for a little while. But it’s not really making a difference. It’s starting to make me question my hesitancy about introducing cow’s milk in a couple of weeks (I’m hesitant about hesitating).

She sometimes also bites me on the arm or shoulder. I don’t know if it’s teething or playing or what. But it hurts like a mofo. She’s not biting Trevor, and she’s not biting her daycare friends, so I guess we should be glad for that. I don’t really like being her teether, though.

Has anybody else dealt with this? Any suggestions?

7 thoughts on “Nibble, nibble

  1. kat

    your ‘hesitant about hesitating’ comment made me laugh. I feel that way too often. Nate went through a very brief hitting stage that passed without much drama. The biting – he only bit me a few times (mostly on shoulder or arms while hugging/cuddling…it also passed without much drama.

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  2. Mindy

    Shes not biting her daycare friends because they are getting to her first! haha! Is that what you were trying to say? huh? haha. You are doing such a great job Brooke, and I think just ending the session instead of snapping at her and making her feel bad is probably the best thing you can do to make your point and keep it a positive experience. She is for sure entering a new phase in her life, but you should just address her with the same response to all things you do not approve of-like 2 or 3 short direct words, each time. 🙂 Like, no sadie, ouch! Okay there is my teacher soapbox-take what you would like! Good post!

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    1. Brooke Post author

      Haha. No, that’s not what I was trying to say, but that’s pretty funny. Thanks for the encouragement and advice, Mindy!

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  3. okierivermama

    Brooke,
    I am not sure how old your lil one is for sure. I have 3 boys with the youngest being 15 months. He does a little biting, but seems to be a combination of teething and playing. He has been on whole milk about 3 months, but we switched from formula so can’t help with the whole milk supply question.
    With sawyer, I can tell when he bites cause his teeth hurt because he will grab your hand, pull it to his mouth and then move it away from the teeth he already has. when he is playing he gets a glint in his eye, leans over and just chomps whatever he can reach…daddys big toes are a favorite(I keep telling him not to hang them over the side of the pak n play). Anyway if its where he can, he will chomp and then run away giggling.
    Steff

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    1. Brooke Post author

      Thanks, Steff! Sadie is almost 1. We’ve actually had a couple days without her biting while nursing, and that’s been great. But even still when she does, and I yelp or say “Ouch! No, Sadie.” She looks at me with triumph, the stinker. Maybe I should try yelping during nursing before she bites me…

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  4. Ashley

    they all go through it, it’s just a matter of how long the phase is and how stubborn they are about it. both of mine experimented with biting. i said “Ouch!” (not in a mean voice) and ended the session immediately. eventually they do get the message that biting equals “no more nunnies” and they don’t like that AT ALL! if she cries when you end the session because she wasn’t done yet, just say, “No biting. Hurts mommy.” and let her throw a fit…. if only for 2 or 3 minutes before trying again. just figure out whatever time is sufficient for her to get the point. then repeat. bradley only bit 3 or 4 times before he got the message. mikey took a little longer.

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    1. Brooke Post author

      I think she’s so close to weaning, she doesn’t really care that much if the session is ended. But, I guess the upside is that once she does wean herself, she won’t have access to my poor nipples to bite anymore.

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