Super-painful/annoying behavior - help!

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Registered: 11-25-2007
Super-painful/annoying behavior - help!
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Thu, 08-26-2010 - 5:16pm

DD is almost 11 months, and has a little habit that is making me CRAZY the past few days. She's done it before but then seems to stop for awhile and I forget how awful it was.


While she's nursing, she'll push her fist against my chest (not my breast, against the wall of my chest) and then straighten her arm all the way so that she's pushing

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Registered: 11-06-2006
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 7:26pm

My first DS did this for a little while, and he responded to being taken off the breast every time he started. I kept my finger at the ready, right at the corner of his mouth. If he put his hand against my chest like he was going to push, I immediately slid my finger in, broke the seal, and took him off. The first few times, he looked perplexed. He clearly didn't understand that there was a problem. I would tell him, "No. That hurts mama," and give him a minute. Then I'd offer again. If he did it a second time, I waited longer. If he did it a third time, then we were done for that session. It didn't take too long with him to get him to stop, but I can't guarantee that it would work with anyone else!

Erica

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Registered: 04-21-2004
Thu, 08-26-2010 - 7:56pm

Meaghan - Jack does the same thing. Like Molly, he has done it before, quit, and has now started back up again.

I hold his arm so he can't use it to push himself away, but he still pulls his head away from the breast with my nipple in his mouth. I just push his head back against me with the arm on which it's lying. He usually fights for a few seconds and then gives up and eats normally. He only does this on one side, interestingly...the larger side. I wonder sometimes if maybe the flow is just too fast on that side.



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Registered: 09-10-2009
Fri, 08-27-2010 - 9:22am

I absolutely agree with Erica that this is a nursing manners issue that with some firm but gentle guidance, you can get past.


Here's some additional information about nursing manners and what you might try: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/nursing-manners.html.


Hang in there, mama!


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