So, we are fully in this season of teething. Little W has two little bottom teeth and they are oh so adorable. And can be oh so painful. In all honesty, she has only got me good once or twice while nursing. I went on many discussion boards to see what others had recommended for this period and was disappointed that many of them weren’t much help. My goal was not to stop nursing just because I might get bit, not to find a reason to switch to the bottle full time.
So far I have just been very careful watching her eat, and when she even starts to seem a little more “playful” than hungry, I watch for the “I’m about to start chewing!” face. The only problem with this is I don’t want to stop nursing before she is fully done. I’ve never taken her off before she was good and ready, so it feels weird for me to call those shots now. A few other times when she has started to chop down, I just put my finger on her two little teethies and said softly, “No, no” or “Let’s not do that, okay?” I know she can’t understand me, but she does realize that I am stopping the mommy as a chew toy process.
I know this is just the beginning, so I ask any of you seasoned mothers of teething babies to send me any advice if you have it. I remember how it was the first few weeks of nursing, when I dreaded it. I have enjoyed it so much since then. The last thing I want is to go back to those days of watching the clock in anxiety, this time in fear of being bit badly once again.