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    My son is 18 months old. Still breastfeeding (as much as I am done), and co sleeps mostly. He's a twiddler, he Has his hands down my bra pulling at my nipples all times of the day and night... It's definitely a comfort thing, and I feel awful saying this but I am so completely sick of it. I tell him no and remove his hands 1 million times a day, he cracks a tantrum and repeat.

    Has anyone had a toddler like this, any tips to break the habit? When did your toddler stop?

    HELP.

  • #2
    Originally posted by ameliatamzine View Post
    My son is 18 months old. Still breastfeeding (as much as I am done), and co sleeps mostly. He's a twiddler, he Has his hands down my bra pulling at my nipples all times of the day and night... It's definitely a comfort thing, and I feel awful saying this but I am so completely sick of it. I tell him no and remove his hands 1 million times a day, he cracks a tantrum and repeat.

    Has anyone had a toddler like this, any tips to break the habit? When did your toddler stop?

    HELP.
    Yep.

    My breastfeeding toddler (at the time) used to do this. I would hold his hand and massage it. If that failed I'd press my hand hard against the other breast while he fed so he couldn't get to the nipple...
    So he started playing with my neck 🤦‍♀️, my face, pulling at my lips... and finally he started pulling at my implanon he could feel under my skin (ouch!!)

    No words of wisdom, he weaned 12 months ago, and is now 4.5yrs old and STILL now when he's tired/anxious he'll play with my underarm... it is very much comfort for him

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    • #3
      Some sort of soft toy or lovey blanket?
      My kids haven’t done this but I was like it as a child. I still like the feeling of certain fabrics.
      There’s so many lovely soft things you can buy these days.
      Redirecting will be about all you can do.

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      • #4
        I covered the other boob with my hand so bubba couldnt get at it when feeding and i got one of those necklaces with silicone beads and she played with that while feeding.
        Otherwise if im going out, i try to wear a high necked top so she won't pull my top down in public.
        My sister ended up putting big bandaids over her nipples 🤣 not my cuppa tea but it worked
        Last edited by gorgeousgeorge; 09-10-2019, 16:12.

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        • #5
          I have tried so any toys, blankets and things he has no interest! He just throws them!

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          • #6
            I bandaided my nipples today hahaha!

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            • #7
              I breastfed my first for nearly 4 years (way longer than I wanted to really!), and whilst I didn’t have that problem I found wearing a necklace helped give him something to fiddle with.

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              • #8
                Oh and don’t feel bad about really disliking it!

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                • #9
                  I breastfed four children for 2 - 3 years each. At that age I would say no and then stop the feed if they did something like that (and I'm pretty sure at least two of mine did like to grab my other boob / nipple)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ameliatamzine View Post
                    I bandaided my nipples today hahaha!
                    [emoji23] Is it working?

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