Pinching hands

Sally - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old just started pinching my skin while breastfeeding. Has anyone else experienced this and how did you get them to stop? Any advice would be welcomed.

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Nicole - posted on 11/09/2012

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My daughter started doing that since like a month old. She is now 2 years old and she still does it!! She hasn't had the boob for about 6 months and when she goes to sleep she pinches me until she is out. I think its some kind of security thing but it hurts like heck!! I tell her no and move her had away but she continues to do it!! If anybody knows why or how to stop it please let me know.

Barbara-Anne - posted on 02/07/2009

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My little guy did the same thing around the same age (he's 10 months now)...I started to let him have a little blanket to cuddle while we nursed.  It's kinda a pain because now he wants when he eats, but it's better than the pinching...it hurts!  He kneeds the blanket instead of me.  We're now in a hitting phase while nursing...sigh.

Kirsten - posted on 02/04/2009

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I don't have great advice, but I will share my experience with you. My son, who is 5 months old, has a tendency to grab/pinch my skin when he nurses. He just kind of moves his hands around freely like he is searching for a spot to put them. Occasionally he grabs my skin kind of hard. I just pull his hand away.



I have found that if I let him hold onto one of my fingers, he stops trying to grab my chest. Best of luck!

Veronica - posted on 02/08/2009

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My little one has pinched me since she was 5 months (now 6), especially in that little bit of skin at the front of your armpit! She likes to play with something while feeding so I just have a face washer or something similar tucked in under my bra strap for her to tug on instead. I'm not sure of any way to make them 'stop', it's just a matter of giving them something else to play with instead of your skin!

Kerry - posted on 02/07/2009

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My boy who is 8 months old now was pinching for a while, so I started to give him something to hold in his hand that is near my chest, a small toy or block and I found he started to  nurse better if he's a bit irritable too

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Lindsey - posted on 11/16/2012

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When my son started that I wore a necklace and moved his hands to that. He eventually learned to play with the necklace and not pinch.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2010

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my 7 month old has started this too, lol. i just keep those nails trimmed. sometimes i will just let him hold my finger, and he will squeez it as hard as he can, lol.

Heather - posted on 04/27/2010

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I believe that for the most part it is a natural behavior, just as a kitten will kneed the mom to let down the milk that is what our babies do! My Daughter started pinching around 6 months and I just tried to give her my finger insetead and she would kneed my finger instead. She is now 11 months and will pick up my breast in both hands to get it to her mouth, but for the most part has given up the pinching/kneeding... Although now she has found that she can "play" with the other nipple at the same time that she is nursing, we shale see how long this one lasts!!

Dusti - posted on 02/07/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 months and has always pinched me.  I have always put her lower arm under mine when she nurses and she pinches my side.  However, it has just started to hurt.  I guess she didn't do it hard enough before.  Anyway, I just have to move her hand and I usually let her hold my finger while she nurses.  It seems to work, as long as one of her hands is busy.  

Dusti - posted on 02/07/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 months and has always pinched me.  I have always put her lower arm under mine when she nurses and she pinches my side.  However, it has just started to hurt.  I guess she didn't do it hard enough before.  Anyway, I just have to move her hand and I usually let her hold my finger while she nurses.  It seems to work, as long as one of her hands is busy.  

Dusti - posted on 02/07/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 months and has always pinched me.  I have always put her lower arm under mine when she nurses and she pinches my side.  However, it has just started to hurt.  I guess she didn't do it hard enough before.  Anyway, I just have to move her hand and I usually let her hold my finger while she nurses.  It seems to work, as long as one of her hands is busy.  

Dusti - posted on 02/07/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 months and has always pinched me.  I have always put her lower arm under mine when she nurses and she pinches my side.  However, it has just started to hurt.  I guess she didn't do it hard enough before.  Anyway, I just have to move her hand and I usually let her hold my finger while she nurses.  It seems to work, as long as one of her hands is busy.  

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My daughter is now 15 months old and she started pinching me when she was 10 months old. I tried to hold her hand away at first but that upset her. So, I started wearing a necklace for her to fiddle with and letting her play with my hair. This worked for me. She just needed something in her hands to play with.

Angela - posted on 02/05/2009

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My son is 11 months and I have several bruises on my chest from him pinching. Glad to hear its not just him that does this. He also puts his hand in my mouth sometimes, like he's counting my teeth. I often just take his hand and hold it, it is like they need something to do or hold on to while nursing.

Tori - posted on 02/05/2009

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My five month old pinches while nursing. I usually try to hold her hand also. Now she tries to rub my face or run her fingers through my hair. She thinks the needs something to do while nursing. I try to enjoy the attention because they grow up sooooo fast.

Kasey - posted on 02/05/2009

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My 5 month old has stared doing it to. i give him my fingers to play with and he usually stops. best of luck :)

Amie - posted on 02/04/2009

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I agree with Shaunell. I just started the "no pinch" thing, my little one is 1 now. When she was younger, I would wrap a shirt or a bandana around my arm for her to play with / pinch, and I also moved her hand but that just upset her.

Shaunell - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Sally:

Pinching hands

My 7 month old just started pinching my skin while breastfeeding. Has anyone else experienced this and how did you get them to stop? Any advice would be welcomed.

Thanks


My baby started pinching my skin at about 7 mos as well... I told his pediatrician and she said that he would't understand if I tried telling him no... She said to just move his hand away every time he pinches me... I did that and eventially he stopped now he has this new thing with pinching my nipple with his finger and thumb.

Amie - posted on 02/04/2009

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Mine so totally does! She started earlier than yours and it was so sweet she would sorta squeeze the boob as she was nursing, and I loved it! And then came the pinch....now I look like a user or something, bruises all over my arms. She is just starting to get better about it. All I do is tell her "no pinch" (firmly) and then take her off the boob for a minute. Only works, though, if you do it every single time. Which will be about every two sucks at first if yours is anything like mine :). Good luck!

Jenna - posted on 02/04/2009

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I have the same problem with my four month old! I'd love to hear suggestions as well!

Renee - posted on 02/04/2009

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Yep, I've been pinched and it hurts and leaves bruises. I think it was a little phase that he went through because he doesn't do it very much now. I tried tucking one arm under my arm and then I held his other hand in my hand. This didn't always help (especially when he was squirmy), but sometimes it did the trick. Also, try only exposing as much skin as is necessary, that way Baby can pinch the clothes instead. I know I don't have much advice, but I hope it's somewhat helpful. And maybe this is just a phase that s/he'll grow out of soon!  

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