7 annoying things breastfeeding babies do

Engorgement and sore nipples aside, learn what nursing mothers have to endure when they breastfeed their babies!

Breastfeeding isn’t the easiest task a mother commits to. So, we bet you feel a sense of pride when you hit each milestone: 6 months, 9 months, a year, or even 2 years.

Also, your nursing journey changes as your baby grows and develops.

From that tiny newborn, struggling to find the perfect latch to your nipple, you’ll soon find yourself struggling with an active toddler who still wants to nurse, but has decided that flashing you at the same time would be even more fun.

Indeed, there are plenty of “nursing nuisances” that breastfeeding mums have to contend with, that sometimes makes you wonder, “Why do I even put up with this?”

“She uses her super-sharp nails and digs them into my chest, on the skin of my boobs.”

Just for laughs (we hope!), we’ve put together a list of the most annoying things your baby does when breastfeeding!

1. Biting
One of the most painful things that bubba is fond of doing is biting while they nurse. Says Chow Su Ting, mum to Nigel, 1, “I always loved breastfeeding him, but since he turned 1, he’s started biting down hard on me! He would look up and see my pained expression and laugh!” As frustrating as it can be, Chow says she will still continue breastfeeding him “until he weans himself off.”

Dr Wong Boh Boi, a senior parentcraft lactation consultant Thomson ParentCraft Centre, notes that nursing babies bite for several reasons, including teething, being distracted or unhappy with the milk flow, or just for their own amusement. “They may not even realise that they are causing you pain!” she explains.

2. Slapping your face
Yours is one of the most familiar (and not to mention, favourite!) faces that bubba loves, but you wouldn’t have known by the way he’s been swiping his hands across your nose, or slapping your cheeks as he nurses. “Even when I’m out in public and I’m using the nursing shawl, he’ll stick one hand out and have it plastered all over my face. It’s as if he needs to make sure that every part of me is there,” says Jo Anne Tan, mum to Sebastian, 6 months.

3. Scratching and pinching
Your C-section scar isn’t the only battle scar you’ll earn in early motherhood. Karen Tuscano, mum to Avril, 5 months, says her chest is now riddled with scratch marks ― some of which have even bled. “She uses her super-sharp nails and digs them into my chest, on the skin of my boobs,” she describes. “I’ve recently started wearing a teething necklace, so she will play with that instead, but somehow, she just keeps going back to scratching me after a while.”