Clamping down on the nipple

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Registered: 04-28-2011
Clamping down on the nipple
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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 6:27pm
I'm back for another question. Sorry to post so many questions lately but the last few weeks have been challenging.

So almost 9 month old DD (and me) has gotten over a mild case of hand foot and mouth disease and she's a bit stuffed up still. The last cou
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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 6:35pm
Sorry my phone posted before I was done

The last couple of days she has started clamping down in the middle of a feed and then goes back to vigorous sucking. It's painful but not excruciating like biting. I have dealt with biting by taking her off for a few minutes before resuming and that stopped very quickly. What do I do about the clamping? She's not done when she does it and when I've done it she just clamped down again later in the feed. I've tried taking her to the dark nursery, changing positions and it's very hit and miss. Should I stick to the take her off method? When I let her continue she finished the session in a calm and nice way. Is there some reason she's doing this that I can change? I thought of teething but last time she did that she bit not clamped. TIA
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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 6:36pm
I'm guessing you have more to add??
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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 8:50pm
Have you tried dealing with the stuffiness before nursing? A hot steamy bathroom or saline spray might help, and holding her somewhat upright can help too. If she's having trouble breathing that may be why she's clamping, to slow the flow of milk so she can catch a breath.
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Mon, 12-26-2011 - 9:33pm
Thanks for the suggestion emilymara. I will try the hot bathroom idea. As it is, her humidifier is running most of the time and her ...stuffiness is very loose so I've just been wiping it up as she nurses (and does everything else too lol). I didn't notice more clamping when she is stuffy but I'll pay more attention to it. For the saline spray is the regular one I have fine to use? I practically stopped nursing her upright because recently we went through a period of biting, pulling and scraping that was worst when she was sitting and much less frequent when nursing in a cradle hold. I'm a little hesitant to nurse her sitting up unless I have to (I find it an easy position in public) even though it used to be my favourite. Since about 7 months, things have gotten a lot more interesting with all the milestones and the not so great things that tag along with that.
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Tue, 12-27-2011 - 8:18am
This is a tough one that we might not have one concrete answer to. My two first thoughts were teething and stuffiness. Here's another link that might have some ideas we haven't thought of:

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/biting.html
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Tue, 12-27-2011 - 8:57am
Thanks for the link, I did use these techniques when DD was biting and that stopped within a day or two. What I've been doing is taking her off if she clamps down really hard or doesn't resume in a second or two. I wait a few seconds then offer again but often get another clamp. A couple of times she's done a more moderate clamp and as I was moving to take her off she resumed so I let those slide. I'll try to pump a little in the morning to slow down the flow and see if that helps. If nothing else I'll save up enough BM to buy a night out with DH :-)
Thank you ladies