4.05.2010

This Bites: A Poem.

1st bottom tooth sprouts. 2nd follows shortly.
Although they look adorable, they made you sleep so poorly.

3rd one comes in from the top and 4th one follows suit.
That gap resembles Letterman, but I guess it's sort of cute.

You're new found teeth can do many things I think you're going to find,
they've helped you chomp your Cheerios, and you've even tried to grind.

I've nurtured your swollen gums and watched over you with care.
I even applied the Orajel during evening hours when I was barely there.

So now that you've got those pearly whites on the left and on the right,
I ask of you to be kind. When it comes time to drink your milk...
please oh PLEASE, DON'T BITE!!


What is a nursing mama to do? I've tried delivering a stern "NO" with the result of sinister laughter in my pain stricken face. I've reluctantly tried cheek flicking which doesn't seem to phase him and leaves me feeling guilty. I've tried completely removing him mid bite with the result of anquished bawling followed by a look of complete deprivation. I'd really like to continue nursing for just a couple more months, but these aren't exactly ideal circumstances.

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17 comments:

Sandra said...

Josh wasn't a biter and I wasn't nursing Aunika when she sprouted teeth, but I do know from other areas of discipline that it takes more than one time for the message to sink in. I've heard from other mom's that by detaching the baby when they bite and telling them something along the lines of "NO BITE!", after a few times, they get the idea.

But yeah it's rough. Anything that makes your kid cry is rough. The good thing is they won't remember it. :)

Good luck.

Megan said...

haha oh no! I'm nursing as well and Charlie is just beginning to teethe (at least that's my excuse for his grumpy mood lately). Good luck!!!

Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

This sounds a little graphic - but my friend presses on her breast when her son bites -- so they get squirted or something, and they learn that when the bite there is an adverse reaction. Sort of like Pavlov's dog I suppose?

But I have no clue!!

Heather @ Gerber Days said...

I don't know what to tell ya. My little girl went through that phase, and I jumped and let out a little yelp (the time she drew blood) It scared her, and she didn't do it again.

Best of luck to you!

Shay said...

I'm the same as the comment above. Scout maybe did it twice by my adverse reactions scared her & she never did it again.. Good luck, I'll be in this position sooner than I think again!

The Blakes said...

I have no advice. I say nothing works. :)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

I was never able to nurse my kids long enough for them to have teeth, sorry!

MommyJ said...

I nursed my babies for a solid year, but they all grew teeth really late, so we were done before it was an issue. I know. Crazy to think of celebrating a first birthday with no teeth, but it happens at my house! My good friend says to say no, and pull him off as quick as you can...

Good luck!

Amanda said...

I'd combine the cheek flicking and the detatching. Of course you'll get the mournful look when you detatch, but, well, that's the kinda the point...when he does something unpleasant to Mommy, something unpleasant happens to him.

Wonder Woman said...

I echo what everyone else said. Just keep up your discipline, and the biting won't last long. I know my boys bit a little bit (ha!) but it didn't last long. Don't remember what I did, exactly, but I know it didn't last long.

Meet Virginia said...

EEEK! Good luck with that one girly!!

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meredith* said...

i hear you sister. those teeth sure are cute but doesn't it stink? biters!

Shannon said...

I am really not looking forward to the biting. Malia has been teething for a while no teeth yet. So if you find anything that works pass it along :)

Melissa and Doug said...

Yup. I had that problem. I would try to tell my little boy not to do it, but he would just laugh. That's when I went to pumping only. It worked out great for us. It gave us both a little more freedom and made it possible for him to keep getting his milk until he was 12 months.

Good luck!

Heather at All A Flutter said...

i wish i had helpful advice. hang in there!

Natalie Jane said...

Collin got his first tooth last week. I am just waiting for the first bite.

Angie said...

Wish I had a great answer for you but I tried it all and finally gave up with my son. My daughter was always more gentle! By the way he's now 12 years old and has been in the gifted and talented program since 2nd grade and never gets sick so cutting him off a little early didn't seem to do any damage HA! ;)