12 strange (but totally normal) habits of breastfeeding babies

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Michelle Stein

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Recently, I came across this adorable video that brought back so many memories of breastfeeding my babies. The clip features an infant gently massaging mama’s breast while nursing. Too precious, right?

Sigh. I remember when my little ones did this. These days, though, my breastfeeding toddler prefers waaayy more awkward ways to pass time on the boob. Like …

1) Nipple twiddling. Whenever I’m lying down on my side to feed her, one of my daughter’s hands cups around the boob that she’s latched onto and the other hand always finds the unused nipple for twiddling.

breastfeeding toddler nipple twiddling

2) Weird acrobatics. This is her favorite pastime whenever I’m lying on my back. She plops on my belly, pulls up my shirt, latches on and then proceeds to contort her body in the oddest ways. Toe touches. Partial rolls. Yoga poses. What the crap, kid?

weird breastfeeding position

3) Boob slapping. This one doesn’t happen very often, but it always catches me off guard. She usually does it when letdown is taking too long for her liking. It’s like she’s saying, “Hey, is this thing working?” and trying to slap it into cooperation.

4) Hair yanking. Before the nipple twiddling habit began, my daughter was all about grabbing my hair and flailing her arm around. Um, OUCH. Thankfully, this was only a phase. (And wearing a nursing necklace really helped head this one off, too.)

nursingnecklace

5) Shirt flapping. Her one hand always has to be doing something, doesn’t it? This one is only a problem for me if she’s doing it in public. Because although I’m fine with breastfeeding wherever we may be, I don’t necessarily want to draw more attention to myself.

6) Biting. It may be considered “normal,” but this one is by far my least favorite. After a few times of my pulling back in shock (and pain,) and giving them a firm “no,” all three of my babies got the hint.

I reached out to fellow BabyCenter bloggers to see what notable habits their babies had while breastfeeding. Here’s what they had to say.

7) Unclasping clothing. Becky Vieira: “Archer unlatches the clasp on the opposite side of my nursing tank. Every time!”

breastfeeding baby udoing shirt

8) Mole fiddling. Betsy Shaw: “One of my babies used to stroke my side gently, the other fiddled with a mole incessantly to the point of driving me mad.”

9) Boob/chest stroking. Joyce Slaton: “Violet used to stroke my chest and breast so sweetly it often brought tears to my eyes. Her hand was as soft as biscuit dough. I used to think of them as tiny stars. Breastfeeding was a sweet time for us.”

10) Scratching. Kelly Wilbanks: “Annie digs into my breasts right now — sometimes drawing blood.”

breastfeeding wound

11) Nipple nuzzling. Adrienne Hodges: “Before latching, my daughter will nuzzle my nipple with her nose and sometimes whisper to it. They’re pals.”

12) Foot in the face. Sabrina Garibian: “Each one of my kids loved to stick their feet in my face while nursing. Every one!”

So, new and expecting moms be warned: Your babies may develop some interesting habits while at the breast. It’s nothing to worry about. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily appreciated. (Especially the biting and hair-pulling!) Click here for tips and tricks on handling some of the more painful/irritating behaviors from Kelly Bonyata, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and the mom behind KellyMom.com.

What sweet/weird/annoying habits does your little one have while breastfeeding?

This post was originally published in July, 2017.

Images by Michelle Stein, Becky Vieira, Kelly Wilbanks; Instagram post embedded with permission by the baby’s mother, Kaitlyn Victor, and Barbara Demske/firstlatch

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Europe is such a weird and wonderful place, and there are so many things about it that continue to surprise us. So much history here is really interesting, and a great way of learning about how the world used to be. But, not only that but Europe also has fascinating politics and can provide a welcome relief from the tumultuous politics going on at home.

It’s not just the different nations in Europe and the long arm of the European Union that provides interest. There are also plenty of political anomalies that make for fascinating reading as well. For instance, did you know that Europe is actually home to a fair few border anomalies? In order to properly understand this, we need to make sure we look back at the history of how this happened.

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The place we’re talking about exists in a quiet corner of northern Europe and is called Baarle-Nassau. This municipality in the south of the Netherlands actually has a curious setup whereby many of the buildings here have international borders running right through them! There are countless enclaves here, and, because Baarle-Nassau sits on the border of Belgium and the Netherlands, it has caused a huge border anomaly.

What this means

Well, there are some consequences of this that are actually quite cool when you think about it. For instance, you could have a couple cohabiting, who would technically be in different countries when they go to bed at night. You even get scenarios where people might choose to move the front doors of their homes in order to gain economic benefits. It also gives many of the citizens of Baarle-Nassau dual citizenship of both the Netherlands and Belgium.

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This complex mess can be dated back to the Middle Ages, where pockets of land were divided up between local aristocratic families. In 1831, following Belgian independence from the Netherlands, this left a complex web of property and border disputes. In fact, it was so complicated that the governments decide not to enforce any particular jurisdictions, and, as such, we have the curious case of Baarle-Nassau and its multiple borders.

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One of the best things about this place is that it shows a cultural interweaving of two different nations. Both Belgian and Dutch citizens coexist in peace and use both cultures to help their communities blossom and thrive. This should be an inspiration to all of us and is something we need to look at understanding and implementing. Even Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cited the municipality as an example of two nations existing peacefully together.

If you ever find yourself on a tour of Europe, and you’re going to check out the Netherlands and Belgium, we reckon you should definitely head for this place. Baarle-Nassau is a beautiful and quaint part of Europe, but it is also a place of great historical and political significance, and somewhere we should all go. Experience something unique by traveling to Europe and paying a visit to Baarle-Nassau.

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