Help, my 6-week old daughter has started wrestling with my nipples this week. I weaned her from using nipple shields quite easily over the past week (she prefers the real thing over silicone!), so maybe this behavior has to do with that? After she's been on the breast for a while and the milk flow has slowed she starts twisting, yanking, and pulling on my nipples. Now they are sore again - only bruised, no open wounds this time, but it really hurts when she nurses beacause she keeps doing it. I am guessing that she is trying to get more milk out faster? She is still swallowing at this point, although a lot less. I don't want to pull her off the breast because I'm afraid she'll miss out on the hindmilk. She also tends to slip off or pull off once the breast gets soft only to relatch herself on right away. When she's really done, she usually refuses to relatch or will rest her cheek on the breast and doze off (so cute!).
What can I do to get her to be more gentle and "respect" her food source?