It’s Not Ok

Here’s something that never crossed my mind until today. Snot all over my boob.

I guess it makes sense. I’m breastfeeding my nine month old and he has a cold. I just never thought about it until his precious nose touched my breast and he pulled away leaving a thick, sticky string of snot. And since I’m (apparently) still an inexperienced new mom, there are no baby wipes to be found. 

So, no wipes. What to do?

You could wipe it off with your hand. But, you would not only still have snot residue on your boob, but now it’s also on your hand. And as we all know, as soon as you have snot on your hand, you wipe it on something (anything) to get it off as soon as possible. Things that crossed my mind to wipe it on, my pants, the carpet, the chair, the blanket surrounding my darling child. No. Too messy. Now its everywhere.

Or, you could do what I did. Just leave it. Let the kid finish eating and do your best not to gag. Once he’s done, set him down and get some wipes. First wipe yourself off, and for the love, do not forget to wipe his face off too, otherwise, you’re in for a repeat.

So, if you’re nursing and this hadn’t crossed your mind yet, you’re welcome. Now you know what to do if you don’t have a wipe within reach-although, you probably do because you’ve been a mom at least as long as I have.

*this post was originally published 5/4/14.

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  • Reply maggiemaysgifts

    oh boy…I’m not ready for cold season!! But I hadn’t thought about what you described. I’m not ready for that either. ha ha

    September 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha-yeah, gross. I’m not ready for cold season either. Last year wasn’t the best.

      September 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Rebekah

    Haha! I guess growing up with boys not too much grosses me out. I have had those happen in the past, I think I do as you recommend. 🙂

    September 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      I’m getting used to the gross stuff…slowly…lol!

      September 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Alana

    So funny, I just said to my husband! I’m looking forward to cooler weather! more comfortable sleeps! and the holidays that come with the end of the year! but am dreading cold season with the kids. Your poor baby and poor you. There are things they never tell us about breastfeeding…. Maybe for good reason?

    September 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Yes! Cooler weather and the holidays!! But last year, our “sick” season was terrible, so I’m dreading this year too. Plenty of things they don’t tell us-it’s so much more fun to learn first hand!! Haha!

      September 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Mahala

    I have lost count of the amount of times this has happened to me. I can’t even call myself inexperienced, with six years of breastfeeding under my belt, so to speak, I still have no wipes to hand.

    September 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Hahaha! Makes me feel better! Wow, six years! Amazing!

      September 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Hannah Budding Smiles

    Haha Brilliant, I’m not ready for a big gross cold yet!xx #BFingDiaries

    September 10, 2014 at 1:57 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Yeah, I’m not looking forward to the upcoming cold season.

      September 10, 2014 at 3:40 am
  • Reply zofloya11

    Oh dear, hehe, something that had never even crossed my mind, definitely going to always have wipes or tissues handy now!

    September 10, 2014 at 2:42 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      I still don’t! You would think I would learn! Haha!

      September 10, 2014 at 3:41 am
  • Reply kohlmama

    Oh my goodness! We have this too, but she JUST cut her first tooth. Literally JUST! Wasn’t there this morning so I’ll blame the snots on that. X

    September 10, 2014 at 6:36 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Poor little thing. I hope they’re done teething for a bit-not fun!

      September 10, 2014 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase (@zenas_suitcase)

    My LO has had a cold for weeks, so constantly covered and reached the point where the nearest thing to hand will do for wiping! Great post and thanks for linking up with #BFingDiaries

    September 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! Yes, I usually resort to whatever is closest now too. I hope your LO feels better soon!

      September 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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