the ferocious forest gerbil has six teeth, she’s been a lot more ferocious than
usual.Ferocious, and biting.More specifically, she’s been biting when nursing.
be relaxing and cuddling together when suddenly – she attacks!I immediately cry out in pain and
And she laughs at me.
bothered me more than the biting.
“Why is she
laughing when she causes me pain?” I asked her daddy.
know what to tell you,” he lamented.
seems so….sociopathic,” I whispered in horror.
“Your suggesting our baby is a
"I just mean that she seems to have no natural sense of right and wrong,” I said, still whispering, “What do we do?”
we just need to find the right method of discipline before we get too worried,”
he advised, ever the voice of reason, "Aren't we supposed to teach her this stuff?"
searched for that method; a method that would work for Evening and matched our
nursing immediately.Place baby in a
safe place and leave the room for 30-60 seconds.Babies learn very quickly what makes mummy go
away,” suggested the La Leche League website.
hard, and Evening found it very upsetting, but I began to feel the results
nipples were much relieved, but more importantly, so was my heart.Because I also discovered that most babies will laugh when mummy cries
out after being bitten, and no, most babies are not, in fact, sociopaths.
laugh because they are just beginning to learn about things like ‘cause and
effect’ and they it quite delightful when they can make mummy cry out just by
trying out their fancy new teeth.
exactly why mummy should NEVER cry out when bitten.
finding out your beloved is not a sociopath is always a win, even though it
makes you feel rather foolish and you realize that you’ve still got a lot to