pulling my nipple as if sucking in a speghetti noodle....

Holly - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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*laughing* I'm hoping that title caught some attention! My son is five months old, and we corrected a latching problem early on... we were doing great, but all of a sudden, he only wants the tip of my nipple in his mouth, (and wonders why he's not getting as much as he could)... any how, that's only the beginning of the problem.. the real pain - is when he pushes on my breast, and rears his head back... I swear it looks like he's slurping in a speghetti noodle, or trying to see just how "rubberized" he can make mom's nipple look!



Any suggestions on how to break this one?



I've tried, holding him closer, firmer, switching positions... short term fixes.. and I'm talking seconds. :O)



Thanks!

~Holly

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OMG!! I am absolutely cacking myself right now!!! My son does this exact same thing too!!!!

He's 6 months old and has been doing this for the last few weeks. We have never had a problem with feeding so I know he knows how to do it properly.



I think it may have something to do with the fact that, at about this age, they get very easilly distracted and are curious about what's going on around them. Perhaps they are trying to get a bit of distance so they can look around? Does you son do this at night when all's quiet? Mine doesn't...



Sometimes I feed my little boy so he's practically sitting upright on my leg, that way he can latch on properly and also see what's going on around him too. Perhaps you could try that? The last thing you want is nipple trauma!



Good like fellow rubber tits :) lol!!

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Chelsea - posted on 04/28/2009

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Try wearing a necklace that with something big he can grab (teething necklace). Also try singing and talking to him to hold his attention. When he starts to do it QUICKLY pull him close so that he unlatches (unlatches when nose and mouth are blocked). This will begin to teach him that that behavior has unfavorable consequences without hurting him.

Holly - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks, Ladies! It would be funny if it didn't hurt so much! Okay, it's still a little funny.

No, he doesn't do it at night, but I was thinking that it was more that way because he's half asleep and not ready to play... not that he's too interested in everything around him... maybe we're on to something with the distraction. Hmmmm....



I tried the upright feeding, but I was laughing too hard, it didn't take... I'll try later when I'm more at the end of my rope, I won't be laughing then!



Keep more suggestions coming, I'll try anything!!!!

~Holly

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Hanako:

OMG!! I am absolutely cacking myself right now!!! My son does this exact same thing too!!!!
He's 6 months old and has been doing this for the last few weeks. We have never had a problem with feeding so I know he knows how to do it properly.

I think it may have something to do with the fact that, at about this age, they get very easilly distracted and are curious about what's going on around them. Perhaps they are trying to get a bit of distance so they can look around? Does you son do this at night when all's quiet? Mine doesn't...

Sometimes I feed my little boy so he's practically sitting upright on my leg, that way he can latch on properly and also see what's going on around him too. Perhaps you could try that? The last thing you want is nipple trauma!

Good like fellow rubber tits :) lol!!



I couldnt agree more, all three of my kids did this around the age of 5-7 months, its when babys start to get nosey, and want to know whats going on around them at all times, but not willing to get right off the boob to see. I also think in some cases they are teaching themselves how to make you let down faster (the pushing the face right into the boob). I found with my youngest, if I havent let down yet, she might make animal noises and push her face into my boob to get it going.



LoL @ rubber tits!

Leticia - posted on 04/28/2009

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ME TOO!! lol-my 5 and a half month old daughter started this a few weeks back and my nipples are starting to resemble cubes:/ shes also teething so i thought maybe it felt soothing on her gums?? but mine also doesnt do it as much at night so could be just distractions? sorry im no help would love to know the answer too! :)

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