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  1. #1
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    Default Clamping onto Nipple

    Does anyone have any suggestions why my four month old is suddenly clamping down hard on my nipples? Sometimes she doesn't want to let go!! It doesn't happen at the beginning of feeds or I would think it was to slow my flow down. Instead it happens more at the end. She starts losing latch towards the end, so I didn't know if this was her way of "hanging on." Or if this somehow acted like a compression for her (she loves the fast flow of a let down.) Or could it be teething?? Any suggestions on how to avoid this?! I feel like a snapping turtle has possessed my little one!!

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    Default Re: Clamping onto Nipple

    My son did this around 4 months towards the end of a feeding when he was full and starting to play. I would just casually end the session at that point.
    Mama to five beautiful kids- 9, 8, 3, 2 and currently nursing our new baby girl born 1/20/2013


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    Default Re: Clamping onto Nipple

    my son would do this as well around 4 months, i felt that the breast was empty (or the flow was very slow) or he wanted to play. i would end the nursing session or switch sides. (this behavior didn't last too long for us, maybe 2 weeks) good luck!
    mom to ds daniel 12/16/09 and ben 2/27/11

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    Default Re: Clamping onto Nipple

    If you watch and feel, you can feel baby pull her tongue back in preparation to clamp down. Take baby off and switch sides or see if baby is full.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
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    Default Re: Clamping onto Nipple

    I can't really feel her tongue moving back, but I did watch. Thankfully, the clamping has eased up, and I am being able to catch her right before she does it and ease her off and switch sides. It does appear she is done with the side she clamps on. After I switch the clamping stops until she's finished with the other side. So I watch for slowing sucks and her movements increasing to realize she's getting to the "end" of that session. I am also trying not to react as she did smile a bit when I jumped after a clamp! LOL...don't want her to think it's a game!

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