My 5.5 month old son pulls away from the breast while still latched...oouch!

Danielle - posted on 01/13/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 5 and half month old son will pull away from my breast while still being latched. He will do this several times a feeding. Almost every time, I take him away from the breast and say 'NO' and he cries frantically for about 20 seconds until I put him back on the breast. I also am in a quiet room with no distractions, it doesn't matter on the setting.

I don't believe in flicking or pinching my son, any other suggestions??



Sore Boobs... ready to pump and give a bottle.

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Mary - posted on 01/20/2009

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That definitely does hurt! What I did when my LO was doing this, is everytime he pulled off I would switch breasts. Inconvenient, yes, but he got tired of working so hard for the let down. He still doesn't stay latched on for long at a time, but he doesn't pull anymore. He just opens his mouth and smiles at me! I love it!

Stef - posted on 01/20/2009

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ouch, thats the worst! my son and daughter both did that! it seams to be trend when they are feeling independent.....I am now nursing #3. the only advice I can give is not to yell. I always just took them off the breast and waited till they were GOOD and hungry. I have found that they go through feeding changes, and times/frequency changes. with my first I found myself nursing when I thought he was hungry, when sometimes he wasnt, I found that thats when he was the most distracted. So maybe baby isnt as hungry as we think they are..and thats the clue

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Brittnee - posted on 01/27/2009

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My 2 month old son does the same thing but my first son didn't. I asked a doc and she said that if they are congested it will happen but most of the time their jaws get tired and when they relax and rest they "fall off" the breast. It does hurt so I know where you're at but I've used Lanolin to keep my nipples soft (thanks to late on-set of thrush and a cracked nipple) and it works for me. I have very sensitive nipples to start with so I will recommend the Lanolin to anyone. Hope it works for you!

Julie - posted on 01/27/2009

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My 4 month old little girl just started doing it as well. She's causing havoc on my poor nipples! I have started weaning her this month, so I thought it might have to do with the nipple on the bottle vs mine. I try repositioning her closer to me, lowering her arm gently, holdig her hand. She seems to relax and stops pulling. Hoping she just going through a "phase".

Nichelle - posted on 01/27/2009

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My almost 4 months old daughter does that. I think I am going to have 2 inch long nipples if she keeps it up! lol She does it mostly when she is not seriously interested in feeding and will turn away if anything more interesting comes up. I'm not sure how to stop it but I read in The Baby Book by WIlliam and Martha Sears, that for biters they say that when you feel the baby start to clamp down, to push them gently into your breast so that they instantly let go because their noses are covered. Don't get me wrong, don't suffocate your baby in your boobs! But this might work making them let go instead of keeping latched and pulling away plus, it's not painful in any way to the baby.

Danielle - posted on 01/27/2009

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Wow, thanks for all the replys. I will try switching boobs, but it's not exactly ideal since I have a "nemo" boob that produces only about an ounce per feed due to surgery where they removed some of my ducts but it's worth a shot. I try and catch him and unlatch him but I find it tiresome to sit and stare at him the whole time with my finger ready.

Chelsea - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 5.5 month old daughter does the exact same thing and has since she was two months! She also digs her nails into my breasts and pinches. I have figured out it is usually because of slow let down or she's not really hungry. Expressing a little milk by hand before feeding helps if you have slow let down. Also sometimes it's a clogged nose making it hard for her to breathe and eat!

Tegan - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son just started that yesterday. Its driving me crazy. My nipples are so sore! I think he's playing a game. He smiles and then puts his face coyly in the nook of my elbow. I'm so not finding it funny!



I switched sides last time and he did it again so I took him off completely. He does just want to play. Little booger!

Lauren - posted on 01/21/2009

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Ouch!
He could be teething and have sore gums... my son (now 14 months) went through that while teething.

Krystal - posted on 01/21/2009

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Do you think your son could be getting teeth and the way your nipple is going in his mouth could be making him in pain?? My daughter did they and I just changed the position I was feeding her in. I hope this helps. Good luck!

Teresa - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son did that for a bit, too. I started sitting forward with him,  as he pulled away, saying, "No! No! No!" at the same time. After a couple times of this, he stopped. If this doesn't work for your son, try using your finger to break the "seal" by pushing on your breast, and moving it towards his mouth. After that, don't let him latch on that side, move him to the other side. Maybe him having to wait for milk will make him want to stop. Best of luck!

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2009

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my 8.5 month old does the same thing!  he did a real number a couple of weeks ago and actually gave me a cut.  i hope someone has some answers!

Tessa - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter does the same thing!  i have been putting my finger in her mouth and unlatching her when i can feel her start to do it because i know it hurts!  she has slowed down doing it now but i do think it is because of teething try that out if you can catch it on time!  good luck!

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hurts like crazy!! i think it might be gas though... it seems like she is also frustrated when she jerks her head away like that and sometimes fusses and cries like something is a sharp pain. i try to take a break from nursing and burp her for a while.



and, this might just be me reading into things, but it seems like if i get annoyed or talk to her in a harsh voice that she gets really uncomfortable and unsettled... and then the fussing/jerking gets more frequent. i try to keep a really soothing voice and pat/bounce her and she usually relaxes and nurses more calmly.

Kayleigh - posted on 01/19/2009

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I am in the same boat. My son will constantly latch and unlatch on one breast, and on the other he will just pull away. Its very painful. I think it must have something to do with the let down. Hopefully there are some great tips out there to help.

Rachael - posted on 01/13/2009

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I am right there with you...don't have any suggestions my daughter has always been a distracted nurser. Sometimes I think my milk comes down too fast for her because she usually unlatches when my milk drops. Sometimes I just think she wants to nurse for comfort not milk that is why she doesn't focus. Hope you get some good suggestions looking forward to reading them myself.

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