Today was the last morning of waking up and nursing my baby. The combination of his biting with his new bottom teeth made this a quick decision.
Colton has always been a bit of a biter. He was labeled a piranha and a barracuda by the lactation specialist at the hospital. He was down to only nursing once a day - at that early a.m. feeding when mommy an daddy didn't want to go down and mix a bottle (anywhere from 3 - 6 a.m.). I liked this special bonding time, but never much enjoyed his clamping.
I didn't realize how much the teeth would hurt as he hasn't nursed for weeks. He was placed on the nebulizer with albuterol a few weeks back. Ten days after starting the neb he developed thrush. I didn't want to get thrush from him, so we didn't chance it through nursing. I was lucky that he had slept the two nights prior to developing thrush so we hadn't nursed when he was infectious.
He was a fuss (as usual) last night. We fed, nebbed, Ranitidined and Nystatined him. The Albuterol makes him Crazy Baby and he was a bit of a hot mess going down. He woke up ravished at 3 a.m. and I mixed him a bottle. I fed him the bottle in bed and he continued sleeping with George and me. Since his thrush was gone I wanted to try nursing as I miss it for a couple reasons. First I miss the convenience, there's no bottle to mix and clean. Second, it is a bond between mommy and baby and I wanted to remember our last nursing. I felt the end was near and boy was I right.
Theo, my friend in Milwaukee advised to flick Colton if he bit me when nursing. Not too hard, but enough to make him realize that it wasn't the right thing to do. I had fluck him a couple times before and it seemed to register. This time I fluck him once and he happily nursed on one side. But he was a bighty-mcbitester on the other. So with that our nursing bond has been severed forever - this is better than him biting my boob off - I'm only kidding a little.
I'll miss the nursing and am glad I was able to do it for nearly eight months. I guess this is just one more time I have to wake up each night to pump :/
Working mom. Loving every bit of all this crazy life throws at us.