Breastfeeding Niggles: 7 Things Your Baby Does When Nursing

We’ve now passed the 15 months mark of breastfeeding, and it has definitely been one of my greatest achievements to date. But even though the breastfeeding got easier as Zara got older, some things have certainly got harder and we’ve met a few obstacles along the way.

I love almost everything about breastfeeding; the comfort it provides, the very little I have to carry whilst out, but there are some very annoying habits that really ruffle my feathers and I certainly wasn’t aware that they were a breastfeeding thing. I’ve wrote previously about all the negatives of breastfeeding but this goes beyond that, it ventures into the real unknown.

Nipple Tweaking

Seriously. I once believed that this was something partners done during their most intimate moments, then I believed that it would help encourage a natural labour to begin (yeah right!) now I know that it’s really a thing your baby does whilst nursing. It’s a weird sensation to face when your baby is nursing on one side and tweaking the unoccupied nipple. Zara gets a bit aggressive with it sometimes, she really goes to town with the pinching, and it can be quite painful!


I always knew that biting while nursing was a problem when breastfeeding a baby with teeth. I never knew just how much it was going to hurt though! Those tiny, knife sharp teeth are no match for my nipple. In fact, one night I honestly thought Zara was going to bite my nipple off and she actually did cut through the skin leaving a nice, baby tooth sized, cut right at the top of my nipple which caused us some problems because it hurt every time I fed her from that breast. I’m glad it’s healed now.

Fidgeting Baby

Nothing pains me more than Zara have a good wiggle whilst on the breast. We’ll start with her lying in my arms, staring lovingly into my eyes. Then the arms start, but this is okay. It’s not until the legs start that it because annoying. Zara has a habit of raising her legs up onto anything and pushing herself up so that she’s raised, but it doesn’t stop there. She will then move herself so that she’s standing up, still attached to the breast, then she moves again so that she looks like she’s about to do a forward roll before attempting to do a full 360 spin. Honestly, my poor nipples take a lot.

Getting the boob out, everywhere!

I have no problem with public breastfeeding, I’ve breastfed in public many times, but Zara seems to think it’s okay to pull my top down no matter where we are. I could be holding her whilst in the cue at Asda and she’ll pull my top down, revealing more than the cashier wanted to see.

Nose Picking

And I mean your nose, not baby’s. You can be having a beautiful breastfeeding moment, watching your beautiful baby as you provide them with the nutrients that they need and just like that, a stubby finger reaches up and goes straight up your nose. You gently move away their hand, but now you’ve started a game and with each removal the nose poking gets more aggressive, before you know it those razor nails have caused your nose to bleed and now you have a tiny, but extremely painful, cut on the inside of your nose.

Matching Pair

Zara seems to think that when she’s breastfeeding, both breasts need to be out. Although it isn’t too bad when we’re at home, it can be really annoying when we’re out. Even if we’re with family or friends. I highly doubt they want an image of my boobs planted in their mind every time they see me.

Causing a let down with no intention of actually following through

This niggles me more than you know. I think most breastfeeding mums are aware of the sensation that happens when you get a let down. For me, it’s like having pins and needles in your nipples. So when I have to go through that feeling and have milk leak everywhere for Zara to have no interest in drinking any, it’s quite frustrating because now I have a wet, and sticky, bra and a feeling of discomfort.

I love breastfeeding, but it does come with some annoyances. Here are 7 breastfeeding niggles that really ruffle my feathers!


  1. Charlotte Braithwaite

    22 December, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I remember this all so well.
    I stopped breastfeeding Hudson at 8 months but he would always try picking my nose and the fidgeting drove me crazy – especially when out in public LOL
    Thanks for sharing hun
    Charlotte x

    1. amyandtots

      2 January, 2018 at 11:21 am

      How do you breastfeed inconspicuously, in public, with a fidgeting baby lol?!

  2. Kara

    22 December, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I really miss breastfeeding and although I remember these things frustrated me at the time, I would love to experience it all over again (maybe not the let down though)

    1. amyandtots

      2 January, 2018 at 11:21 am

      I agree with you there, I’m sure that once our breastfeeding days are over I will miss every part of it.

  3. Louise

    23 December, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Sounds tough! I don’t know if I’ll breastfeed if I ever have kids but this post was interesting to read

  4. Kirsty

    23 December, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I never breastfeed my baby so I can’t really comment from any experience. But I do identify with the fidgety baby especially now as my little one is 9 months old. Bottle time is a lot harder!

    1. amyandtots

      2 January, 2018 at 11:20 am

      I bottle fed my eldest two, the fidgeting is just as real. Thankfully it doesn’t involve nipples ha ha!

  5. regina malloy

    23 December, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    unfourtuntly i didnt get to breast feed im sure its a wonderful bonding experience

  6. Madeeha

    23 December, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Lol…. babies are crazy. Can’t wait to hold my little one in my arm. I will remember your post and will be ready for what to come.

    1. amyandtots

      2 January, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Hope you don’t have too long a wait left!

  7. Amanda

    24 December, 2017 at 12:19 am

    This is one of those things I know nothing about. But my friends who are mothers have told me all about their woes when they had to breastfeed their little ones so I feel for you there.

    1. amyandtots

      2 January, 2018 at 11:18 am

      I’m glad to hear that it isn’t just me that has to go through these things.

  8. Hannah

    25 December, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Ive never had kids so have no idea what any of this is like. Didnt know the kid did any of this when breastfeeding

  9. Leigh Travers

    28 December, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t have kids so I had no idea about any of this, but I can imagine this is handy for soon-to-be mums!

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  11. Carolyn

    17 January, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Thank you Amy for sharing Breastfeeding Niggles and being so open and honest about the frustrations of breastfeeding. You should be commended for your patience and willingness to continue despite all the many obstacles you face. Breastfeeding is not for the fair of heart. Keep up the Great work mama!

    How long will you continue to feed Baby Zara?

    1. amyandtots

      17 January, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Thank you, this was lovely to hear! As for feeding Zara, I’ll continue for as long as she wants to and just let her naturally wean. It is clearly a comfort for her, so I don’t want to rake her comfort away! 🙂

  12. Lauren

    21 January, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I thought I was the only one!! No one told me about how Babies will play with your other nipple or want both out and go from one to the other then back again lol. At times mine rubs his face like a motor boat and I feel like do I stop him? Is this normal? Am I doing this nursing thing wrong? Lol.

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