Twiddle Me This

January 20th, 2010 by Dionna | 18 Comments
Posted in Feed with Love and Respect, My Family

Kieran is a twiddler. And you know what? I usually don’t care. My nipples have never been very sensitive, and breastfeeding has made them even less so. The only time it makes my skin crawl is when we haven’t clipped his nails in awhile.


Anyway. He usually twiddles when he’s sleepy. Once the twiddling stops, it’s a good indicator that he’s asleep.

One afternoon last week, I was trying to get him down for a nap. We were lying on our sides. He was nursing one side and twiddling the other.

And then he got an itch.

So without letting go of the nipple he was a-twiddlin’, he used his pointer finger to scratch his ear. I noticed, but didn’t think much of it.

He kept scratching. He also kept tugging more insistently on my nipple.

By this point, I was watching with mild interest. Was his hair in his ear? Could I move it without waking him up more than he already was? Could I help him scratch the itch so that he would calm down?

Apparently, Kieran had already planned on enlisting me:

With a sleepy – yet intense – concentration, he inched my nipple ever closer to his ear. Before I knew what was going on, he had popped the tip of my nipple into his ear and swirled it around, killing that pesky itch.

Satisfied, he relaxed his death grip on my nipple.

Somehow, I doubt Johnson & Johnson could use that story as a marketing tool.

Has your nipple ever been used for something strange?

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18 Responses to:
"Twiddle Me This"

  1. kaila

    This has me rolling with laughter! My little guy has tried to talk, laugh, and eat other food while wile nursing, it just doesn’t work but he tries. He will have a handful of clementines, want milk and switch off between a bite of fruit and milk.

    Sounds like Kieran is being creative and resourceful!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Ha! Kieran has tried to start nursing before he’s done chewing – ouch! He inevitably ends up half biting me. That’s a no go ;)

  2. Amber   AmberStrocel

    Oh. My. Word.

    You are far more patient than I am, I gotta say. I have never allowed either of my children to twiddle. I hope that Kieran appreciates his good fortune.

  3. Heather   xakana

    ROFL!!! That was a great story.

    My nipples went the opposite way, I’d have been screaming. They were sensitive to a certain point before but now I feel like wearing armor to protect them from accidental impacts. I’ve never allowed touching of the opposite breast at all while nursing because it makes me nauseated and makes me want to stop nursing. I usually keep the opposite breast covered, hidden, laid on if I have to, whatever keeps the child from touching it–if the other nipple gets even brushed, I get up and walk away, can’t handle it. It’s not as bad when I’m tandem nursing, but it decreases the amount of time I’m able to tolerate nursing tremendously.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      I am so glad that I’m not that sensitive – that would have been a struggle. I did try to stop him many times, but he is a persistent little cuss!

  4. I love it! What a darling! Too too cute. Thanks for sharing!! Lo is quite a twiddler too. Lately she wants whichever breast means she doesn’t have to lie down to nurse. Not sure why, but she has decided sitting up is much better.

  5. Melodie   bfmom

    Too funny Dionna! I love it! I wonder if some of the breastmilk got in there to relieve the itch and he somehow just instinctively knew? Other than being used to nurse a doll or two I can’t say my kids have ever used my nipples for anything too interesting.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      HA! Well breastmilk does cure all ills ;)
      We nurse dolls around here too. It’s so sweet!

  6. Oh my goodness! That story was so funny! I can’t even imagine the look on your face when you realized what he was doing!!!

    Thank you for sharing my SITS day with me.

  7. Sarah

    The twiddling doesn’t stop when the nursing is done. Eleanor now twiddles the earlobe of the person closest to her when she is sleepy. She’s not picky, any earlobe will do!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Oh my gosh!! You know what’s funny is that I remember twiddling my grandma’s elbow when I was small. I wonder if I was a twiddler – I guess it would serve me right ;)

  8. What a cute story! I have no weird twiddling stories yet. My son’s not big on twiddling yet.

  9. Renaye

    LMAO!! That is the funniest story I have heard in a long time! I don’t have any great stories as my son does not do that. My first son just kinda stroked the breast he was nursing on. He used to just rub up and down, up and down. It always soothed him. My baby boy just gets a handful and grabs- REALLY HARD! lol It hurts but it’s as if he were trying to hold it like it’s a bottle.

  10. That was an amazing post lol. I can’t tell you the things my 7 kids have tried to do while nursing including trying to take off with the nipple still in their mouth :) I have 7 kids and treasured nursing each one… sadly it’s been 10 yrs since the last baby and I sure do miss it!


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