PLEASE HELP! My son won't stop pinching while he nurses!

Heidi - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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At first it was kind of sweet when he would grab at me while nursing. ( bad idea to let him learn that) Now he pinches so hard that he ends up leaving little scratch marks. Yes, I do try to keep up on the nail situation, but he is notorious for leaving marks no matter what. It hurts now. Is there any way to get him to know that the pinching hurts mommy? I move his hand and tell him no, but I think he is too little to understand. He is just 7 months. No teeth yet, but if the pinching hurts and I can't get him to stop that, what happens when the teeth arrive? Please if anyone has advice, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you.

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My little girl likes to scratch, scratch, scratch me while she nurses! I was going to ask someone about this but I found this conversation first. She also does what I call a chicken dance while she nurses, which is fine b/c then she's not scratching me! I will try the soft blanket thing. Thanks to all you wonderful mommies!

Jessica - posted on 11/20/2009

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My dd used to pinch, it was a short lived phase. I simply kept taking her hands away and saying "ouch!" and making a sad face; which I like to think helped. Don't worry about when he gets teeth - if he's biting, he's not nursing, and doesn't need to be on you! My dd has 7 teeth now, and she's taken a little nip once in the last couple of months. Watch them when they're nursing, I swear I could see the "I'm going to bite" look on my dd's face before she closed down the jaws. Feeding them 'table food' before nursing can help as well. They get the chewing part out of the way.

Hope this helps!! Keep up the awesome work!

Rebecca - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter did that for about a month. When she would pinch I would tell her ow and give her my thumb to hold or a piece of the blanket. If she would do it again I would move her hand and say ow again on the 3rd time I would say ow and take her off the breast. She would usually fuss for a min. or two and then I would let her finish. Then usually she would not pinch. This went on for a month and the pinching got less and less until it stopped completely. Good luck, hope this helps. They will grow out of it.

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Krishena - posted on 11/13/2013

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I had the same problem. Give him a soft fluffy blanket to squeeze. Fixed the problem for us.

Tammy - posted on 11/22/2009

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Thats funny that this conversation has come up cos my son is doing the exact same thing at the moment. He went through a phase before where he would 'lock' his elbow into place and push against me, which hurt! He stopped doing that and then started pinching my boob!

Terri - posted on 11/22/2009

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My Aila did that too. I would clip and file the nails but somehow some way the lil marks would still appear and the pain oh yes was always apparent. Everytime she woul want to nurse I would where long sleeves or cover my arms to brace myself. What worked for us was a soft blanket. She would rub on that and it made nursing more pleasant.

Heidi - posted on 11/20/2009

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Thank you all so much for your advice. It's nice to know that other Mom's are going through the same thing. I have started to put a blanket in his hand when he starts to grab. And guess what? I just felt today his tooth starting to come in. So thanks for the advice on the biting. Keep me in your thoughts! :) I'm so glad that I am still breastfeeding. I started to get discouraged at first and said this will only last a couple months and now I am starting to think of how hard it's going to be when we stop!

Heidi - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Danielle:

You might want to try holding his hand while he is nursing or have him hold your thumb or finger. If this doesn't work I had a biter, and every time he would bite I would say ow louder than I would usually talk and pull him off the breast. I would wait a minute or so and try again, and repeat the ow and remove him if he would bite again. This only took a few nursing sessions before mine learned if I do this then I loose my nipple before he stopped doing it all together.
Just make sure you don;t yell and startle him, but teach him it hurts and he can't nurse when he is hurting you.



Danielle - posted on 11/20/2009

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You might want to try holding his hand while he is nursing or have him hold your thumb or finger. If this doesn't work I had a biter, and every time he would bite I would say ow louder than I would usually talk and pull him off the breast. I would wait a minute or so and try again, and repeat the ow and remove him if he would bite again. This only took a few nursing sessions before mine learned if I do this then I loose my nipple before he stopped doing it all together.
Just make sure you don;t yell and startle him, but teach him it hurts and he can't nurse when he is hurting you.

Katherine - posted on 11/20/2009

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My 3 month old is doing that too! I try to move her hand away but it just comes right back. Sometimes it helps to direct her hand to hold onto either my shirt or my necklace, but I can't always get her to do that. She still doesn't have very good hand/arm control yet but maybe I better nip this in the bud now based on the previous comments!

Theresa - posted on 11/20/2009

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omg, I definitely feel for you!! My son just turned 5 months old yesterday, and he's doing the same thing. I try to hold his hands down, and that just makes him mad, so I just let him do it, but I'd like to know the same thing lol!!

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