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#1 Rosiebubs

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:14 PM

I'd really appreciate some tips...

My 6 month old DD has always kneeded my breasts with her fingers while she feeds, which I understand is quite normal, even though my DS never did.  However, recently she has started pinching, and I don't know how to stop her. I cut her finger nails every couple of days to keep them as short as possible, but she still manages to scratch, and has even drawn blood.  sad.gif

Has anyone had success stopping their bub from doing this?


#2 raone

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

i let Ds hold my fingers when he is getting to grabby rolleyes.gif

#3 Stoked

Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

Yes - I held my baby's hands in mine. That was the only thing that worked. Then he stopped doing that, and we're now, at nearly 9 months, are onto the tweaking the other nipple stage - and holding hands again while BFing  wub.gif.

#4 elle-M

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:49 PM

My DD still does it at 11 months, I just try to hold her hand and play with her fingers instead. Those pinches hurt!!

#5 mandala

Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Also try a long necklace for her to play with. I had some success wearing a cardigan with buttons that I flipped across my other breast and over DS.

#6 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

Stop it NOW.

Seriously, I got little pinches as a move on from holding (tightly) to my nose.

Dinosaurus, I said to myself, this is sweet, the milk comes in quicker, it doesn't hurt...

He is now almost 18 months old, breastfeeding at sleepy time (not the rest of the time) still incolves a battle of pinching fingers and not it HURTS.

Sorry, no advice - just make it stop now!!

Good luck

#7 Rosiebubs

Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I have been trying to hold her hands, but she hates it! I will try wearing a necklace, too.

Oh, Dinosaurus, that does not sound good! I'm going to do my darndest to stamp it out now. :-)

#8 ABabyPlease

Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

My DS did this only on bare skin.  Maybe try to cover up the bits she is pinching..... sorry not trying to make you be discreet & classy!!!!  Just trying to solve the pinching!!

#9 livingos

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:11 AM

A bit unconventional but I would touch my son the way he was touching me. For him it was scratching. It would start of as stroking then get  harder.  While I was feeding him I would do the same action on his arm; if he was gently stroking my chest or boob I would gently stroke his arm. As he got a bit harder I  would increase my pressure too.
Obviously I never left a mark or hurt him, he stopped before it got too uncomfortable for him  but he got the correlation quickly.
A few times he was testing it, stroking softly then getting harder and feeling the response on his own skin. I hope that makes sense. It was more about teaching cause and effect in relation to himself than getting a big reaction from me.

#10 mau.sharmin

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:55 PM

i heard that by being silent, it only makes them think it is ok to do. so when my baby does this too, i touch the hand, say a strong 'no' then move his hand away. he is learning that no means not to do something n he usually stops. same thing when he gets too squirmy when changing his diaper..

#11 lucky 2

Posted 24 January 2013 - 02:27 PM

i heard that by being silent, it only makes them think it is ok to do

I doubt that, actions often speak louder than words, removing baby from the breast when he is doing something noxious during a feed can be effective.

#12 axiomae

Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:46 PM

I just took her hands off my breast and said 'no pinching' loudly - she got the drift pretty quickly.

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