I'm after some advice on breastfeeding my 7.5 month old DS. He started clamping down on my nipple a few months ago before teeth. He now has 3 teeth and will bite me at least once a day when feeding. This is not my main concern as i know its normal. When waiting for the let down, which takes anywhere from 30 sec to 1 min, DS scratches, pinches, twists my skin, is generally really rough with me. I don't know what to do about it but it is making me really upset. I see other babies lovingly stroke their mother's face whilst feeding and (perhaps naively) presumed this is what all babies were like?
I trim his nails which helps a little but he is a very strong baby and his pinching and twists hurts regardless of nail length. Obviously he is too young to understand what i'm saying but i tell him 'that's hurting Mummy' and take him off the breast sometimes. I don't always take him off because if i keep taking him on and off it takes forever to get the let down. So i just grin and bare it until the let down comes.
Is this normal?