Re: 8 mo old baby scratches a lot while nursing...!
Some moms find wearing a nursing necklace can help with the fiddling. It doesn't have to be specifically made for nursing, though there are plenty of those available out there, just something long enough to dangle within reach with beads or some kind of pendant to play with. Something to redirect those little hands to other than clawing at mama.
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