Looking for a witty response to "what about when she gets teeth???"

Amber - posted on 09/13/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )




So this is my second child (I breastfed the first one too) and she is 7 months old. The community where I live now is not very pro breastfeeding and I find myself fielding some variation of the question above or people suggesting to me that I should be done breastfeeding because my child is getting teeth. My typical response is something to the effect of "I keep my finger ready to pop her off the breast and tell her firmly NO. If it is a particularly offensive bite (and I am at home where the floor is clean) I might even put her on the floor for a minute to drive the point home. They pick up pretty quickly that biting mommy is not a good idea" However I am getting very bored with trying to be informative with people who are simply expressing their disbelief and disapproval of anyone that would breastfeed past the newborn stage. So I am looking for some new responses. What do you tell people who ask this type of question??


Amber - posted on 09/17/2011




Great responses ladies. Jo and Lori - hilarious! I did ask someone the other day if they bit their straw when they drank from it. She just replied "Umm, no"... I think she got the point : )

Leona - posted on 09/17/2011




I used to just pretend I didn't understand the question. Then when they'd persist with it I'd say "They're called milk teeth for a reason..."

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 09/17/2011




I'd say "Luckily they aren't biting your nipples"

Sometimes a smartass response or something directed more at them is what is needed to shut them up.

If you don't want to be mean just joke about it! Say that your nipples look like swiss cheese from all the gnawing - or sommething less odd LOL :)

Lori - posted on 09/17/2011




I have to say I was rather lucky, as I never really encountered that with my 3 kids. I was asked if it hurt, but it was a family member that I could talk to. I would ask if anyone asks, do you bite your tongue often with the way it flaps around the way it does? However, I also thought what one mom wrote earlier about h**d was hilarious! Good luck in finding the right come back!

Bernadette - posted on 09/17/2011




just say "yeah, what about it?"

Seriously, all kids teeth at different times. My son is only just 5 months and he's already got two. So what, am I supposed to stop breast feeding him already? Occasionally, kids are even born with teeth! Should those kids not be breast fed at all? People are stupid, and it's none of their business. Just because babies have teeth doesn't necessarily mean that they are going to bite you anyway - my son has not bitten me yet, and my daughter only ever did a couple of times and she breast fed until she was 17 months. It's not like they get teeth and suddenly go "well, better treat this boob like it's a piece of steak then!" Actually, there's something you could say...!


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Sebrina - posted on 09/19/2011




When ever people ask me about nursing I tell them that I will let my child decide, and that the world health association recommends a Minimum of two years. So maybe when they start kindergarten lol, the biting isn't usually usually a problem because babies are natural at it and don't bite the hand, or in our case nipple that feed them

Summer - posted on 09/17/2011




I would say, "It's a good thing that formula was invented. It is such a shame to think of all those babies who died because their mothers quit breastfeeding them when they got teeth."

Marsha - posted on 09/17/2011




I nursed both my children to atleast 1 year. My first she nursed till about 18 months. She grew her first bottom teeth at 3 months!! Imagine if I stopped nursing! Anyhow, I found that they test the biting, but once you say no, and show your reaction, they don't seem to do that anymore.
I am surprised there are comments saying you shouldn't nurse after the newborn stage - I mean newborn is only a month or so...
Anyhow, I think your approach is good - let baby know that biting is a no no. They learn. :)

Merry - posted on 09/17/2011




Say most mammals are born with teeth! Called milk teeth!
So they nurse their young until the milk teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth.
So maybe we should be nursing our babies until their milk teeth fall out which is like 6 years!
Not quit on them when their milk teeth start coming in!

Jo - posted on 09/17/2011




I hoPe thus comes across with the humor with which it is intended, which sometimes can be hard in writing...

Many years ago, I was plagued by inappropriate questions about my personal life while at work. A good colleague at work, and in fact an old boyfriend, had to put up with me railing about it behind closed doors. One day, he must of got sick of it because he offered the following advice as a response.. "-ask them.. Does your wife/husband/partner give good h**d?" to which I Promptly burst out laughing... And whilst I never had the courage to actually say it to anyone, anytime since that some busybody tries to stick their nose in well.. That's what my brain says and its all I can do not to laugh out aloud.

Perhaps not the witty respOnse you were looking for, but it sure helped me put other people's nosy Parker comments where they belonged. In the trash!

Amy - posted on 09/13/2011




My response would be something along the lines of "are you always so free wielding with parenting advice?" then I would let them know that I tend to not really listen to that advice unless I'm asking for it and walk away. Or I'd let them know that they can raise their children the way they want but this is your child and you're doing things your way!

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