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    Default Baby is a gymnast at the breast

    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!

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    Default Re: Baby is a gymnast at the breast

    hahahaha, sorry, you made me laugh it's funny the way you told the story LOL

    Have you tried a nursing necklace? I've never used one but I heard it keeps babies entertained. Another advice I can think of is nursing in a sling, did you try that?

    DD2 used to nurse standing on her feet :P it was cute though, it didn't hurt or anything.

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    i feel for you! my ds is all over the place but not quite as bad as yours. laidback positions on the bed became our favorites, because then he could wriggle a lot more wihtout hurting me. i drew the line when he wanted to sit on my face with his hands down below his body around my neck, while nursing.

    nursing necklace did help us for awhile, too.
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    Default Re: Baby is a gymnast at the breast

    A quiet place can also help. It's normal.

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    Default Re: Baby is a gymnast at the breast

    very normal behavior. Right now he is learning how his arms and legs work and he is constantly trying them out. Chances are it will get better soon. Certainly try a nursing necklace or other distraction. My DD liked holding a Taggie toy while nursing when she was younger. I do have to warn you though, even of the acrobatics stop now, they will likely return even worse when he is a toddler.

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    Plus, I think they learn really early on that kneading your breast, etc., can help the letdown come faster.

    Nursing necklaces, toys, nursing in a quiet place, stopping a nursing session if baby bites or does something really painful ... all of these things will help.

    When the acrobatics return in toddlerhood, you will be able to address them more verbally and your child will be able to understand nursing manners more.


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    Wink Re: Baby is a gymnast at the breast

    My 14 week old daughter does this type of dancing also. We side lay and eat a lot, and she puts her feet straight up in the air and will hold them there for up to 7 minutes, I began to time it, and record it to show my mom because it is so funny! I think it's cute and as long their happy, gaining, outputs are good, all we can do is try different styles of feeding and doing what we do

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    We went through this around that time as well. I was constantly getting slapped in the face as his little arms would flail about. I found a quiet room and a toy to hold onto helped. And then it passed. Hang in there!!!
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    Default Re: Baby is a gymnast at the breast

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    Plus, I think they learn really early on that kneading your breast, etc., can help the letdown come faster.

    Nursing necklaces, toys, nursing in a quiet place, stopping a nursing session if baby bites or does something really painful ... all of these things will help.

    When the acrobatics return in toddlerhood, you will be able to address them more verbally and your child will be able to understand nursing manners more.
    exactly wss.

    this is totally normal behavior. they get so antsy b/c they're aware of their own bodies, learning how to move them, becoming aware of all that's around them, and it's hard for them to just stay still and focus on the breast, even when hungry. i had to nurse dd in a dark, quiet room around that same age.
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    Default Re: Baby is a gymnast at the breast

    Mine does yoga. We side lie a lot because he focuses better that way, but lately he's taken to doing the downward-facing-dog while nursing. I really need to get a picture.

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