As a mother of four with more than 5 years of breastfeeding experience I've characterized the top 15 most common types of breast feeders.
- The motor boater /n/ small suckling that periodically buries, wipes, blows or nuzzles his or hear head into the mother's bosom while nursing.
- The slapper /n/ small suckling that repeatedly slaps one breast while nursing from the other.
- The pincher /n/ small suckling that pinches, pokes or digs his or her nails into the mother's tender skin while nursing.
- The puller /n/ small suckling that retains the mother's nipple in mouth while pulling back with brute force.
- The head turner /n/ small suckling that retains the mother's nipple in mouth while dramatically turning to look about his or her surroundings.
- The angry boxer /n/ aggressive suckling that periodically punches and hits at the mother's chest while nursing.
- The super soaker /n/ small suckling who likes to grab the mother's lactating nipple during a feeding so that it will spray milk across the room.
- The kicker /n/ excited suckling that forcefully kicks and twists the torso and legs while nursing.
- The snacker /n/ small suckling who nurses in short enough increments to prolong and extend painful let downs.
- The straw slurper /n/ small suckling whose latch resembles a grown human sucking a thick milkshake from a straw.
- The talker /n/ small suckling who likes to talk and smile while nursing so that the mother's milk may drip and escape from his or her mouth.
- The hair dresser /n/ small suckling who pulls out strands, clumps or sections of his or her mother's hair while nursing.
- The all nighter /n/ small suckling who prefers nursing any time the mother should be sleeping.
- The sleeper /n/ small suckling who frequently falls asleep while nursing and can often be caught moving his or her pursed lips while dreaming of nursing.
- The lover /n/ small suckling that gazes in awe and wonder at his or her mother's beloved face while nursing.
*Babies have been known to change and/or combine breastfeeding type over the duration of his or her nursing lifetime.
**New techniques and styles are being created constantly to challenge the already more difficult than you probably realized process of breastfeeding your newborn.
If you have experienced a style not represented above, please let me know!