To draw the line at breastfeeding my hairbrush

(57 Posts)
TheAvocadoOfWisdom Thu 12-Apr-12 21:16:34

DD is 18m and bf morning and evening. In the last month or so, she's become very insistent on having her favourite cuddly monkey and dinosaur breastfeed too. She finishes feeding on one side, then holds up monkey to let him feed, making pretend sucking noises, and then gives dinosaur a turn. Repeat on other side, and then back to the first several times. It's become a bit of a ritual, although she does miss out dinosaur if she's tired.

Yesterday, I had to breastfeed a toy car. Fine, ok, it's a one off. Today she wants me to breastfeed my hairbrush. I said no (in a cheery, casual way), and she had a full-on tantrum (the sort where toddlers make their body all melty so you can't hold on to them, and then when you try to lie them on the floor they arch their backs so that you can't put them down easily, followed by kicking and wailing).

AIBU? Or should I indulge her?

giraffesCantDonateBoneMarrow Fri 13-Apr-12 06:44:04

Yanbu hun. I weaned my hair brush at 4 days old hun. Mummy knows best, happy mum, happy hairbrush. Try feeding it a mcdonald hun. Xxxx

VerityClinch Fri 13-Apr-12 06:47:12

When DS was born and DD was 16 months nursery expressed their concern that DD had taken to walking round all day with a toy trumpet against her chest.

I was expressing to feed DS who had tongue tie...

tooscary Fri 13-Apr-12 06:50:00

This is the loveliest AIBU I have read in a while smile

TheAvocadoOfWisdom Wed 18-Apr-12 19:48:28

I can give an update here: I caved in to feeding the hairbrush over the weekend, but on a friend's advice, adopted the don't offer/don't refuse approach to weaning it, and made sure that DD couldn't see it during her Monday feeds. It's been 3 days now, and I think the hairbrush is successfully weaned grin I did have to feed DD's pyjama trousers, but it's only been the once.

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte Wed 18-Apr-12 20:08:26

Poor hairbrush. Is it OK with a cup?

DD (2.5) once asked me to feed a figurine of Boris Yeltsin...

MsVelvet Wed 18-Apr-12 20:32:25

Brilliant, thanks for giving me my first chuckle of the week!!

googleberry Wed 18-Apr-12 20:40:11

I think I'm gonna carry on breastfeeding longer now just to see if dd makes me do this, very funny love it

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 18-Apr-12 20:44:01

What if the hairbrush has tongue tie?

You wont get that done on the NHS.

gafhyb Wed 18-Apr-12 20:45:57

Oh God, this is so funny. So typically toddlerish. I snorted at the toy car.

I think you have to draw some boundary lines. She's seeking to control you and succeeding. You have to allow her to get on with the tantrum and ignore it.

headfairy Wed 18-Apr-12 20:50:09

Hilarious, so glad both of mine self weaned at 15 months before they could start pulling these stunts.

msVelvet you need to read the Peter Andre really loves his kids thread, I nearly suffocated laughing so hard at it last night.

Midori1999 Wed 18-Apr-12 20:53:55

This is so funny and cute and lovely. grin

My DD is only 10 months but just starting to do 'cute' things while nursing, I am really looking forward to when she can talk about it, if I can still be breastfeeding then.

kiwijesta Wed 18-Apr-12 20:57:17

Brilliant! I know have tears running down my face, and DH even cracked a smile. If DD hadn't self weaned at 13 months I'm sure her sheep would 'need' a bf too! grin

ewaczarlie Wed 18-Apr-12 21:05:42

It's been a rough day but thanks to this thread I'm in a much better mood! DS is too serious to do things like this (shame) so loving the laughs I'm getting thanks to others

Brilliant! DD is 23mo and has just started to share her feed with Puppy (imaginative naming Chez Stetsons).

Maybe I'll see if I can get her to feed Puppy instead though, save me being pinned to the sofa like the early days grin

TheAvocadoOfWisdom Wed 18-Apr-12 21:28:43

stetsons please tell me this isn't a real puppy???? grin

shock God no!!! It's her favourite little Jelly Cat one. The only thing she'll consider sharing me with, apparently grin

5madthings Wed 18-Apr-12 21:43:43

lol, my ds2 used to get me to bfeed his toy digger! the thing you do for a toddler! grin

naturalbaby Wed 18-Apr-12 21:49:15

I don't know if I'm glad ds seems to have self weaned at 14months or sad that I'm missing out on all this. The worst I got were his feet in my face.

Today DS surpassed himself. He handed me a piece of his artwork (stickers and scribbles), and announced "Titty milk on paper, please mummy!"

Is that like "oil on canvas" then? Tate Modern here we come! grin

AIBU to be envious of the OP? She's having all the fun with her breastfeeding 18 mo and here I am with a stroppy little 16 mo DS2, who merely removes my hands from the keyboard very firmly when I'm attempting to MN at the same time as feed him. sad

DS1 used to ask me to breastfeed his cuddly toys but only after he'd stopped breastfeeding altogether.

RushyBay Wed 18-Apr-12 22:38:13

Love this thread. I've bfed a Scuttlebug grin

I think BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte might win the prize with the figurine of Boris Yeltzin thanks

I actually got a tear in my eye the first time DS (23mo) bfed one of his toys.

Fireandashes Wed 18-Apr-12 22:46:40

BreastmilkDoesAFabLatte, I'm intrigued as to why your DD had a figurine of Boris Yeltsin in the first place! grin

This thread made me laugh so much I woke DD up, she is not impressed grin

agreetodisagree Wed 18-Apr-12 23:20:16

Excellent - I thought it was just me. I have been handed Sophie the giraffe, dolly, a duplo brick, a spoon, a pen, a Balamory case (did you know Spencer is now a bus driver? And was I the only one who wanted to write Calm Down Archie! on youtube when Miles Jupp did Prodigy for Sports relief?) a book - all with a smile of joy from DD2 and the clucking sounds.

But best of all...she gave a wooden tiger to DHs Moobs (A to the D to the G cup!) and did the sucking sounds to him too. grin

WhaleOilBeefHookedIWill Wed 18-Apr-12 23:31:47

A child calls it titty milk? Classy

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