My daughter will be 2 this month and she nurses pretty much on-demand throughout the day and night. In the last months she has adopted some nursing behavior that really bugs me. Soon after she starts nursing she puts her hand up under my bra (on the other boob she is not nursing from), lifts up my bra and shirt and exposes my whole other breast. She does this at home and also tries to do it in public. Even worse, she touches and strokes my other nipple which I often find really irritating. I have told her a million times not to touch the other breast. What I normally do is pull her hands/feet away when she does this, and I have also unlatched her and put her on the ground, where she cries. But I have not been very consistent about putting her on the ground every time.
I think the reason this is happening is that I usually nurse her at the computer or while talking to my husband or a friend, where I become absorbed in reading/conversation and don't notice her sneaky little hands groping me. If I'm not paying attention, she'll get her feet in there too. She'll have a sleepy look on her face and I'll put up with the groping knowing it is only a few minutes before she falls asleep. The other night I looked up from a PDF I was reading to find she had fallen asleep with both hands and both FEET inside my bra.
I guess that I need to be more consistent about unlatching her and putting her on the ground, if I really am to eliminate this irritating behavior? Please tell me it really is possible to eliminate? If I put her on the ground and she cries to nurse again, would you let her cry for a few minutes before nursing again? I usually pick her up again fairly quickly to nurse and it seems like the message is not really getting through.
I have also tried giving her things to hold like stuffed animals, but it doesn't work. Yesterday she was fiddling with a plastic toucan for the first minute, and before I knew it my other breast was exposed and the plastic toucan was tandem nursing from the other nipple. And let me say that plastic toucans have a very irritating latch.
Do you have any other ideas?