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Another Milestone

First tooth!  I noticed it tonight when she stuffed my finger in and started gnawing.  Lower left incisor is fully erupted.  I guess that explains why she's seemed a bit out of sorts lately.

Now we breathlessly await the first bite.  If she's not careful, she won't *get* those 135 days...



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May. 8th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Nursing Advice
Top tooth or bottom tooth? Usually they get bottom teeth first, which means they can't bite yet because to be properly latched on to nurse the bottom gum/teeth are covered by the lip.

Biting comes with the top teeth.

When she bites, you do this:
Remove the boob from the baby.
"Don't bite Mommy! You hurt Mommy!"
Firm enough to be very clear. Babykins should be startled and possibly even upset. (There are two camps on this one, those who are appalled at the yelling-at-the-baby-and-making-baby-cry routine and those who appreciate the quick training. I figure you'd fall into the latter camp. My girls don't seem to be scarred for life.)

It should take two, three, times tops. WOrked very well for my girls.

Also, while I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I was to give up pumping, don't write off toddler nursing out of hand. It's a great way to start and finish the day and it is also GUARANTEED toddler therapy.

Toddler has a hard day. Toddler falls down goes boom. Give Toddler booby. Toddler is happy in three minutes. All problems are solved!

Toddler has gastrointestinal bug and can't keep anything down--give the toddler the booby. Toddler will almost always keep it down. You can avoid dehydrated toddler this way.

With minimal daily--wake up and bedtime nursing--you can nurse a toddler very minimally and gain some very nice--for you-benefits.
May. 8th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Nursing Advice
Lady_Katherine_R also gave me some good advice about dealing with biting. Good to know that I have a little time yet.

I'm pretty sure that I understand *completely* how you felt about giving up pumping.
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