New mom Kayla Seitz perfectly captured the pain of breastfeeding a biter in an adorable photo shoot that’s now going viral. Dressed in a shark costume, her nine-month-old daughter Sophie digs into a cake shaped like a boob.
“Here’s to surviving nine months of breastfeeding,” Seitz said in an interview with POPSUGAR. “Since Sophie has started teething, my family has called her Sophie Shark because she is harsh with the… ninny.”
She added that she chose the theme for the photos, which were taken by Iga Logan Photography, “to remind me how painful [nursing is] and to not have any more kids!”
The Florida mom credited Kelli’s Cake’s Gone Wild for the creative cake, which resembled a breast with a bright red center and was even topped with a red “ninny.” In her Facebook caption for the photos, Seitz joked, “Don’t bite the boob that feeds you,” adding the hashtag #BabyShark.
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Seitz’s pictures, which she posted on February 11, have already been shared more than 4,400 times on Facebook. “This is probably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen,” writes one parent. Another simply said, “So accurate omg.”
After all, biting during breastfeeding is fairly common albeit painful. Pediatrician Dr. William Sears tells Parenting.com that it’s actually a sign of affection and what he calls a “love nip.”
He recommends holding your finger near the baby’s mouth while they nurse. “As soon as they start to bite, immediately insert your finger between teeth and nipple,” Dr. Sears said, adding, “Between nursings, let them bite on a frozen banana or cool teething ring to both soothe their swollen gums and satisfy their need to gnaw on something.”