My baby had a 7 month long nursing aversion. She's a million times better, but I have allowed her to develop some bad habits in effort to get her back to the breast. She's 9.5 months old. She nursed in the dark for 7 months, so she's essentially seeing my breasts for the first time since she's been an older baby.
Anyway, she sucks her thumb at my breast before latching. And pinches and plays with the nipple/breast right before latching. Maybe she knows it helps the milk get there faster, maybe she's just playing, I don't know. When she started doing this, I encouraged it and made silly sounds when she did it because I saw it as a good sign that she was actually showing some interest in my breasts instead of violently refusing.
But her nails are sharp and sometimes she even leaves little scabs, and it's impossible to nurse her in public if I have to let her do all that before latching. I nursed her at a restaurant and was really exposed while she was doing her thing.
I've tried a necklace and that just distracts her from nursing altogether.
OR, if I could teach her to nurse with a cover, it would help. Anyone have luck teaching an older baby to nurse with one?