scratching me with her fingers while she is nursing

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old Daughter opens and closes her hands while she is nursing and like scratches or tickles me while she is nursing! Its hilarious, but wondering if anyone else has this um issue ... Dont know if its an issue though! Oh yeah and trimming nails is sooo annoying cause she always wants to put her fingers in her mouth while I am trying to trim or file them! Any tips?

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Lindsay-Grace - posted on 08/14/2009

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babies do this to sitmlate milk flow (or they try). As they get bigger you might find them feeding from one side and tring to fiddle with the other before they swap. My little boy also seems to push on my boob as he feeds (like he's pushing the boob away while pulling on the nipple) all this appently helps the milk come fasted (??? )



I find my little boys nails really fine so even when i cut them they still seem pretty sharp. i use to put him in scratch mittens but now as he's to big i just put socks it seems to do the same job.

Esther - posted on 08/14/2009

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I try to get the burp cloth or part of my shirt or a blankie in her hands so Ana can grip on that. Otherwise, she really can scratch. I also tuck one of her arms by her tummy so maybe she can grip her own fists instead. It is funny how active they can be. Does yours kick her legs up and around too?

Ceshante - posted on 08/15/2009

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My son scratches me also! I guess it's just a soothing hting for them. I try to wait until he is out like a light to trim his nails.

Rachel - posted on 08/16/2009

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Lots of babies scratch. A lot of mothers don't use fingernail clippers. They find it easier to pull off with their teeth or sometimes their own nails. Baby nails are soft enough to do that. Some mothers are a little nervous to try it, but it works for a lot of people. Also, if it gets really bad, a last resort could always be putting mittens on your daughter while she nurses. It isn't very desirable, as I really enjoy the idea of skin to skin contact, but sometimes it may be necessary.

Terri - posted on 08/14/2009

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yeah I have little bruises all over my arm where my 9 month old pinches me and it really hurts. I dont know how to stop her!

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my 10month old claws into my and squeezes my flesh between her finger its so annoying, I SAY STOP IT but she just does it again, i take her off the breast she just does it next time sigh she also niddles on my nibbles, want to carry on breastfeeding but gettting fed up

Antoinette - posted on 08/16/2009

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Oh Michelle how I know what you are going through, my baby pinches me and scratches...she gets so excited when it's time to eat lol...I can't tell you how many embedded nail marks I have in my breast...trimming her nails is such a chore because she moves so much, I have to try to do that when she is sleeping, at least try to anyway...

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hi, my boy is 7 1/2 months and he has been caught scratching my chest and pinching my shoulder when i'm not paying attention. i grab his hand and let him hold onto my thumb until he is finished nursing. well, he stopped pinching and scratching now he is grabbing my mouth, chin and nose, i guess that is better that pinching!

Kimberly - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son does that too and now at nine mos he is pinching IJust try to hold his hand while is nursing while the other is in between my side and arm so it hold it stable.

Cari - posted on 08/14/2009

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Try to trim nail when she is sleeping. My four month old grabs a hold while I am nursing and pushes sometimes she slaps me! LOL

Rita - posted on 08/14/2009

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My daughter is of 15 months now. I have just stopped breastfeed a month ago. But she still wants to put her hand in my shirt and start scatching me while sleeping. I don't know what to do?

Samantha - posted on 08/14/2009

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I think scraching at things is the beginning of them using their motor skills. You'll notice when they start playing with toys, or you get to finger foods, they begin by scratching, than raking things to them, and eventually picking them up.

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Haha! Yes, the little massage. It's all fun and games until those little 'pincers' grow long and sharp (in a day or two between clipping).
I used to hold his hand until I realised he'd signal time to stop (or burp) with his hands (clenching and hitting). I think this is a cute little quirk too Michelle.

Eirini - posted on 08/13/2009

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my son does the same thing i let him wrap his hand around my finger instead...when i cut his nails i sit him up and occupy him with something else, toy, tv something like that and he does fine...

Jessica - posted on 08/13/2009

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My three month old son does it too! So I hold his hand and nibble the long nails down so that it tickles but doesn't hurt!

Aleks - posted on 08/13/2009

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She does this to stimulate milk flow... Some babies bang their fists, like my daugher currently, while my first born son used the squeeze, and both stroked the breast... Its called "massaging the breast".. it is instinctual ( like another lady said of the kittens ). Thought I wouldn't be telling the baby off for it - its not their fault... its instinctual...

Glenell - posted on 08/13/2009

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I trim my daughters nails every saturday bc she does the same thing. Like she is pumping the milk out.

Kelly - posted on 08/13/2009

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My daughter (now 8 1/2 mths) did this for a while too. As others have said before I think it may have something to do with stimulating flow. She'd do it mostly on my left boob & used a massaging action but those razor sharp nails (she will not let me trim them and she sleeps on her hands!) were a killer. She actually cut me & for months I had what looked like bad shaving cuts. Sooooo painful. I started using the firm "No" and if that didn't work I'd take her off the boob for a few seconds. I think she got the hint. I just used Bepanthen ointment on the area to help it heal.

Hannah - posted on 08/13/2009

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I can relate to this, my daughter is only 1 month old, but she has really sharp little nails that I have difficulty cutting, and she claws at me too. I have found trying to cut them while asleep in the car seat is easiest

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You could put socks on her hands...my daughter did the same thing. As for the nails, I cut them as she slept. Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 08/11/2009

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My 8 month old son scratches me sooooo hard while I nursing him. It hurts sooo bad but what can I do...
Enjoy while your Daughter tickels you. I wish my son tickles me instead of scratching.

Whitney - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son is 4 months old and does the SAME thing while nursing. Now I just hold his hand and he doesn't do it anymore. As far as trimming the nails, we do it when he is sleeping. Definitely works best then because he is such an active little boy!

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I think the squeezing and pinching is designed to stimulate milk flow - I've seen my kittens do the same when feeding from their mum! I've tried all sorts to stop it - holding her hand, putting socks on her hands, giving her something else to squish etc. Now I mostly just say "no" and glare at her. She's approaching 11 months and understands "no" and a harsh look now and it's working okay.

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i started by trimming my daughters nails while she was asleep... i now do it when she is awake... usually after a feed when she is nice and content... i use baby nails scissors which i find alot easier than clippers... and its reduced the risk of clipping them instead of the nails.

my daughter does the grabbing and clenching when i feed too... if im wearing a shirt i have to pull up to nurse i usually just pull it down a touch so she can grab onto the material... usually helps... if not my finger.

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

My trick for trimming nails is... I turn on the tv. Since we never have it on in front of her otherwise, she is transfixed (which is a little unnerving, she almost goes into a trance...). I swear, this is the only time I use the tv for help!! =) My daughter is a little older, 11 months, so maybe yours won't be as attracted to the tv yet... good luck!


yep ... my daughter loves the TV... I have some baby einstien videos that I let her watch and if we are watching something on the TV she tries to sneak a peak!  I try to keep her looking the opposite direction!  My sister in law sits her infront of the TV watching dance recital videos and musicals cause she wants her to do those things ... as do I but I dont want her to watch those! hahahah  Its cheep babysitting!  Oh well though.  Thanks for the info though!

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My trick for trimming nails is... I turn on the tv. Since we never have it on in front of her otherwise, she is transfixed (which is a little unnerving, she almost goes into a trance...). I swear, this is the only time I use the tv for help!! =) My daughter is a little older, 11 months, so maybe yours won't be as attracted to the tv yet... good luck!

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009

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yeah ... I try to have my daughter hold my finger in her hand too ... but that only works occasionally

Amy - posted on 08/10/2009

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My little one pinches and scratches me too. Sometimes it seams like she is trying to get the milk to come out faster! LOL I noticed she does it when I give her a bottle too. I usually put my thumb in her little hand so she can sqeeze it not me :)

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2009

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Its funny cause she does that hand motion on her sheets when she is falling asleep its like she likes to do that! Its pretty funny! Yeah I stop sometimes to burp her but then she gets angry cause she wants to eat! So at that point its obviously not the problem!

Jessica - posted on 08/10/2009

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My 10 month old also tends to scratch while nursing. Best suggestion for nail trimming- get those little nails when baby is sleeping! Their hands are relaxed, easier to get a good trim and less worries about accidentally nipping baby.As for the pinching, I simply remove her hand and calmly tell her "ouch" and just repeat. She usually loses interest in pinching soon after.

Brandy - posted on 08/10/2009

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my son is 2months and he does the scratcing, pinching thing as well. he only does it if he is getting fussy which signals me he needs to burp. at one point, he was doing it so hard i considered putting his socks on his hands! it freakin' hurt!! now if he gets that way, i hand him to his dad until he gets him to burp. the best time to trim nails is while they are sleeping.

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