Wed
14
Mar
2012

Biting and Breastfeeding

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Biting has been my fear since I started breastfeeding and since I got past through it, it wouldn’t be a wonder that most Moms are fearing it. Especially, when those teething months are around the corner. I think this is probably the nth time I’ve gotten the question and is surely worth to have it’s own post.

An old friend of mine asked me how to get through biting and breastfeeding yesterday. I can understand how that can be a scary thought because honestly during my first weeks of breastfeeding Jack Jack while he was still learning how to latch properly, it felt like he was gnawing on my nipples. I was pretty sure it felt like gnawing not biting. But it all got better and the only reason why it hurt is because we were both in the process of learning how to latch properly and he is figuring out how to do that which is what makes it hurt.

Not all babies bite but when your baby starts to bite while nursing, it will hurt. Again. I’m not saying this to scare you but I’d like you to be prepared. Prepared for the pain and to try not to scream even if you get surprised. Much better if you not only try but really keep calm as screaming will cause a nursing strike. The screaming might scare your baby. Honestly, I can put up with the biting any day but not a nursing strike.

Your baby is definitely not hungry when they bite as they don’t get any milk out of it. There are two reasons why your baby is biting: play and teething. Play will more likely be the reason at first as they are exploring what they can do. You will have to train them not to bite because it hurts you but later on they might bite occasionally because they are teething. Teething will cause their gums to be itchy.

Be firm. When baby bites, start by unlatching properly (don’t pull!). This will emphasize that they won’t get anything (milk and comfort) if they bite. If you are wondering when to start disciplining your child, now is a good time to begin.

Proper unlatching can be done by inserting your little finger in the mouth and pushing the lower jaw down before pulling your breasts out. Some Moms push their baby’s head towards the breast making it harder for them to breathe and eventually unlatch to breathe from the mouth. I do it by pinching their nose. It’s easier.

Have the “Talk”. After unlatching talk to your baby that biting hurts you and that you don’t like it. No “baby talking” please. Talk with a calm voice. I promise they will understand. Eventually.

Offer something else to bite. If your baby is still biting after having the “talk”, their gums are probably itchy. Use a teether or towel for them to bite on. Preferably cold. They will immediately bite on it if their gums are itchy because of the comfort it brings to them.

Watch your baby’s cues. You can prevent the biting by unlatching right before they bite. How you say? You can immediately see this coming as baby’s facial expression changes right before the bite.

Biting and breastfeeding does not go together. But it doesn’t mean that you have to give it up all together when you don’t really want to. The biting is just a phase. With a little patience, it will get better.

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Wed
29
Feb
2012

The National Library

I’m not sure how much I have emphasized our family’s love for books on this blog but let me assure you that it is quite extreme. Our dream home would definitely include a room for a library. Not a study area. A room full of books. Wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Honestly, I miss reading books since I do not have the time anymore. I would love to be able to spend one whole night with my head buried in a book. I miss reading a whole novel in one seating without putting it down.

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Wed
22
Feb
2012

Finger Puppets

I am always on the look-out for things or activities to keep Jack Jack busy. I’m pretty sure any parent does the same thing. It is always tempting to switch their attention to the tube when I ran out of ideas but I always try not to. He has too much screen time already if you are to include the time he spends in front of the computer.

Meet the finger puppets!

I just showed Jack Jack the fingers talking, singing, hiding, kissing, etc. After 5 minutes, I left him alone with 10 new friends.

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Wed
15
Feb
2012

Internet Browsing with Opera Sessions

As a work at home Mama, I try to manage my time well. I’m not always successful but it’s always wonderful to find tools that could make working at home easier. It is not always easy as I tend to have routines that eat up time. An obsessive compulsive, I believe, that I couldn’t seem to shake off.

I have a step-by-step habit that needs to be done when I’m online. It differs when I am surfing, blogging, working on each client, etc. A group of sites need to be opened along with each task. It was a brilliant move when tabs where … Read More

Wed
1
Feb
2012

Plastic Bag Organizer

Some cities are already implementing the No Plastic Bag rules which is great because plastic bag usage will surely be reduced but I doubt that it can ever be completely eliminated from our lives. Honestly, I don’t like them so I try as much as I can to minimize having them. If I could only fit everything that I bought in my bag just to avoid acquiring them, I would. But that is not always the case.

As much as I don’t like having them, I can’t just throw it away after a one-time usage. I try to reuse them as … Read More