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?
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18-07-2012 11:39 #1Member
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18-07-2012 11:44 #2
I haven't got much advice sorry, as my 5m/o DS does the same thing.
But I've been trying to put a blanket toy under his hand so he does it to that instead or put mittens on whilst feeding.
Id like to hear what others have to say!
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18-07-2012 11:46 #3
Sounds completely normal to me
DS did the same at that age. I persevered with removing him from the breast and I think it worked, he stopped shortly after.
I think it's just frustration?
Maybe you could try hand expressing a bit before attaching him so there is no wait for the let down?
18-07-2012 13:02 #4
That sounds pretty unpleasant, could you wear a clunky colourful necklace for him to play with?
18-07-2012 13:08 #5Member
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Thanks for the replies. Glad to know i'm not alone! The necklace is a good idea actually because i have noticed an improvement when i'm wearing a scarf and he plays with that sometimes. It doesn't completely stop it but certainly is much better.
Thanks again! Just needed to know i wasn't the only one
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