We are sure that just the mention of this might have brought back an amazing memory for you. Do you remember a time when your toddler did something weird while feeding on your milk? Isn’t it true that infants frequently find strange and awkward ways to pass the time while breastfeeding? You might have heard this one before, but I will say it again. For babies, breast milk is nature’s perfect food, all natural and healthy. For every mommy, breastfeeding is a tough but beautiful journey. Here are 8 strange yet normal habits of breastfeeding babies:
1. Nipple Twiddling
At times, when the mommy is lying down while breastfeeding, one hand of her tiny tot will be latched on to the other (or unused, for lack of a better term) nipple to twiddle.
2. The Acrobatic One
One of the favorite pastimes for a baby while breastfeeding is to perform different acrobatic poses, be it a yoga pose, a partial roll, or that popular toe-touching pose. It’s like he/she never gets tired of contorting his/her body in different and peculiar ways!
3. Oh, That Surprise Breast-Slap!
This one might not happen so often, which is why it catches a mother by surprise each time it does. It usually happens when the wait is too long and the tiny tot’s patience runs out. Can’t we really blame the baby for this? After all, don’t we have a tendency to slap everything that doesn’t work (wishing for it to cooperate)?
4. The Hair Yanking
Some babies try to grab their mommy’s hair (especially in the initial phase) while feeding on the milk. At such moments, most mothers find it better to just hand them a toy that they can play with. Obviously, no woman wants another reason for hair loss!
5. Flapping That Shirt
Here is yet another thing babies do with their other (free) hand! Though grabbing mommy’s shirt and pulling it with all their might may look adorable from afar, it can be pretty embarrassing at times (more so when in a public place).
6. That Bite Does Hurt
Despite being considered “normal” by one and all (including the doctors), we don’t think that the mommies like this one! But all that the mother does is pull away a couple of times, and the adorable little angel usually gets the hint.
7. That Incessant Scratching
The tiny tots can dig really hard into their mommies’ skin with their little claws to such an extent that it can even leave a wound or result in bleeding sometimes. Unfortunately.
8. Chest Stroking
This one is a beauty. The tiny ones can sometimes stroke their mother’s breast so gently with their dough-like soft hands. That feeling is truly out of this world.
Some of these moments you share with your baby might be weird and random, leaving you speechless and surprised. But rest assured that you are not alone in this. And it’s definitely normal.