my baby pinches and plays with my nipples--is this normal?

Aleeca - posted on 12/12/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old baby has just started to pinch at and play with my nipples. It's how she wakes me to nurse and while we are nursing she unlatches and then pinches and kinda plays with my nipple and then goes back to nursing. She also will reach over and start grabbing at the nipple she isn't nursing on and pinches it (well, I guess it's not exactly pinching because she doesn't have the pincer grasp yet, it's more like clawing and raking all her fingers over my nipples) and it hurts really bad especially if her nails are too long. Has this happened to anyone else? Is this normal? I'm not sure what to do. Obviously I want her to satisfy whatever curiosity she may have but it gets frustrating.

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Jin - posted on 12/14/2009

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I have heard some people use nursing necklace to distract babies from pinching during breastfeeding. I have not tried myself.

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2009

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This is perfectly normal behavior. If it hurts or is uncomfortable, you certainly don't have to let her do it. When my daughter started it, I would just cover the other breast and try to give her hand(s) something else to do. For example, I would count her fingers, or kiss them, or pretend to eat them (giggle-inducing).



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Brandi - posted on 06/09/2014

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My daughter has been doing this for a long time! I always found it a bit annoying, and wasn't sure why she did it. Then I learned that it's because when they 'play' with the other nipple, it releases more oxytocin and causes more letdowns, thus they get more milk. Makes total sense now! I try to let her do it unless I am sensitive that certain day, and I don't let her get rough about it. They know what they're doing, it's incredible!!

Rebecca - posted on 12/12/2009

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LOL!! You totally took the words out of my mouth. That is my 7 month old daughter to a T! She started this a few weeks ago, and while I dont normally mind, it can be quite painful when she uses her nails. I usually let her do it unless she becomes "agressive" and scratches or claws them (sometimes it makes me jump!) then I just look at her and tell her NO. She will look at me sometimes with this look of "what do you mean" and other times she giggles. But Im not really sure how to get her to stop. But is totally frustraiting sometimes.

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Tricia - posted on 06/09/2014

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My son is 9 months and he has been doing it for a while! As I am feeding him he will unlatch also and begin to babble and pick at the breast he was currently eating from. It's a bittersweet moment because it's sooo adorable that he finds joy in picking at it but when he goes really hard it really hurts !!!! Oh my gosh !! He also will go to his father and pick at his nipple when he has no shirt on and he gets soooo mad because yes it does hurt ! Haha ! Breastfeeding rocks !!!!!!!!!!

God bless

Jaimee - posted on 02/28/2010

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OMG! I am so glad it is not just me. I have breast fed my other 2 sons for a year a piece and neither of them ever did that. I did not know if it was normal for him to fiddle like that. I figured it was because I have seen bottle babies play with the bottle nipples but I just wanted to see if any one else had this happen.

Krystal - posted on 12/14/2009

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my 7mo does this as well when she is also squeezing the breast that she is feeding on like im a cow and she can 'milk' me its quite funny to watch her if i lay down with her after a shower she will usually lay on her belly and latch on that way

Tammy - posted on 12/13/2009

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My 16 month old still does this but at this point I can say your hurting mommy and she will stop temporarily. She is kinda like a kitten :) There are also times when not nursing like in the bath when she just likes to touch them.

Lucy - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter is 8months old and EXACTLY the same, my whole chest area looks like ive been attacked by a vicious dog at the minute as im covered in scratches! Like you im just hoping its a phase she will soon bore of! I do find though that if i wear a beaded long necklace she likes to play with that and it can distract her from pinching me as much.

Becky - posted on 12/12/2009

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My son started doing that around the same time, just when he was done nursing or if I was just out of the shower and hadn't dressed yet. I think they are just exploring and noticing details more at that age. I would tell him to be gentle and if he got too aggressive with it, I would say "no" and then cover up. I have no problem letting him explore, but he also needs to learn that there are boundries. He doesn't do it anymore. You might want to cover the other breast that she isn't eating from so that she doesn't get distracted or cause you pain.?

Rebecca - posted on 12/12/2009

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LOL!! You totally took the words out of my mouth. That is my 7 month old daughter to a T! She started this a few weeks ago, and while I dont normally mind, it can be quite painful when she uses her nails. I usually let her do it unless she becomes "agressive" and scratches or claws them (sometimes it makes me jump!) then I just look at her and tell her NO. She will look at me sometimes with this look of "what do you mean" and other times she giggles. But Im not really sure how to get her to stop. But is totally frustraiting sometimes.

Rebecca - posted on 12/12/2009

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LOL!! You totally took the words out of my mouth. That is my 7 month old daughter to a T! She started this a few weeks ago, and while I dont normally mind, it can be quite painful when she uses her nails. I usually let her do it unless she becomes "agressive" and scratches or claws them (sometimes it makes me jump!) then I just look at her and tell her NO. She will look at me sometimes with this look of "what do you mean" and other times she giggles. But Im not really sure how to get her to stop. But is totally frustraiting sometimes.

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