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Thread: Is this a weaning thing or what?

  1. #1
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    Jun 2008

    Default Is this a weaning thing or what?

    For the last few weeks, LO will nurse on one nipple and hold the other one in her fingers. what's she doing? It doesn't really bother me until she starts pinching and it hurts. It also bothers me when we've been nursing for 20 minutes (usually this is comfort nursing) and she's been squeezing my other nipple in her hand or fingers that long. If she's wide awake, she fights me when I put my shirt back over the other breast or push her hand away. I figure it's OK, so i've stopped pushing her away. After all, we are comforting, and I want her to feel comforted.

    Just curious if I'm the only one . . .

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007

    Default Re: Is this a weaning thing or what?

    Agh Logan does this. I just clipped his nails yesterday because he was pinching me. I always thought they did the titty twister thing for the letdown to come.

    It really hurts so as soon as the letdown comes I take his hand off my other nipple. If he's twisting nip because he needs something to do with his hands I let him have a small toy (ex. car) to hold. He likes to drive it all over my breasts as he nurses. It does help w/ that titty twister.

    Mommy to
    Logan 5-23-07
    Colby 12-14-09

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Is this a weaning thing or what?

    Sounds very normal for a nursing infant, some mommy's find that distract and redirect works well. A nursing necklace works great to distract.... here is a great link from kellymom..


    Kimberly Mommy to Landin and Avery


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Default Re: Is this a weaning thing or what?

    My guy does this, he always has his hand on the other one. It is getting painful now that I am pregnant, especially with his nails, so I am less tolerant of it. Before, I just let him do it, and DH labeled him "the twiddler". It is annoying though, and you can set limits with it. I was just never persistent enough.

    Mama to my sweet blueberry eyed boy Joshua
    born on 11/2/2006

    and my blueberry eyed baby Jonah Henry...my water birth baby!
    born on 6/15/09


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Default Re: Is this a weaning thing or what?

    My LO does this at every nursing session. I usually take his hand and start to tickle it or sing a song and make gestures with it. That may take her mind off of it for you. Good luck!!!
    Molly, mom to Preston Feb. 17, 2007

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Re: Is this a weaning thing or what?

    Mine used to do this, so I started playing with that hand, kissing it and then pretending to take a big chomp out of it (with sound effects he thought that was hillarious)...now he sticks his hand in my mouth all the time instead (not sure if that's any better )
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    Iryssa(24), DH(27)

    DS born Sept. 21 '07, 8.5lbs
    Nursed for the last time Oct. 20 '08

    DD born Jan. 20, '09, 8lbs 14oz


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Smile Re: Is this a weaning thing or what?

    I wwas just wondering about the same thing. Bailey has not done this until the past month or so. he is 11 months. I have to say that I am very tolerant but this drives me crazy! I think I am going to make a nusring necklace today!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Default Re: Is this a weaning thing or what?

    My DD (2 years old0 has done that for a long time, but she is rougher and it is very annoying to me. I have tried everything to get her to stop, from talking to her to giving her something to hold to blocking her to trying to hold her hand, any attempts to stop the twiddling just upset her. I have a friend whose toddler has to pinch/play with a binky while she is using a binky - there is clearly a strong drive for kids to do this. As long as it doesn't bother you, it's fine, but it didn't bother me either until the last several months and now it seems ingrained and impossible to stop. Good luck to you.

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