My 3.5 mo old is getting very physical when feeding. He's always been a very enthusiastic eater, with noises and movements, but now he's getting super mobile (in a lot of ways) and it sometimes feels like a rodeo act to keep him contained!
During daytime nursing we are usually in a cradle type hold. He uses his top arm/hand to push, grab, and kneed my breast (sometimes the one he's on, sometimes the other one), or he tugs at my shirt, bra, etc. At the same time he searches with his feet until he finds anything to gain traction (me, the seat cushion, the arm of the chair) and PUSHES -- which of course pushes his head up and takes me with him, sometimes painfully. I try to tuck his legs under my arm, or hook my arm up and under the top leg to wrangle him in (and sometimes I can hold that wandering hand at the same time), but then he brings his leg up until he can land his foot on my bicep and push from there. During night time nursing, when we're side-lying, he likes to tuck his legs up and put his feet flat against my belly and kick into my bladder (not a pleasant a pleasant way to be woken out of our half-sleep). Sometimes I have to use my top arm to hold him into my body while my husband holds the feet.
I'm not sure what kind of advice I'm looking for, other than is this normal or common for a baby so little? We had a little bit of oversupply in the early weeks but that has totally evened out by now, so I don't think it's a physical reaction to letdown ... he's just a little gymnast. He's getting stronger by the week, so these little pushes and kicks aren't quite so cute as they used to be. Any tips or tricks I haven't tried, to make nursing a little more relaxing for all of us? I am starting to feel a little beat up!