Originally Posted by JenLiz
I switch to where I'm side lying still, but the bottom boob she WAS nursing from is now against the mattress and i lean in toward her so now she's nursing from the top boob. make sense? then, she has nothing to twiddle and helps her fall asleep.
This used to work for us but then dd figured out what was going on. Now she just scooches her hand along the sheets under me 'til she locates the hidden nipple on the bottom boob.
About a year ago I decided I had to put a stop to the twiddling. It was getting so unpleasant that the sensation was actually just beginning to trigger what felt like nausea. DD fought it like crazy - she'd try to pry my hand off, she pop off and cry, and then insist on latching onto that side (as if to say, 'fine, i can't twiddle the nipple but you can't stop me from nursing it!'). After of a year of this, (she's now 2.5 yo) she's finally accepted that she's not entitled
to twiddle, but she still tries to do it, and she's awfully persistent. It especially annoying at night, when I have to keep my hand on my nipple while sleeping, and I wake to the sensation of her hand circling my hand, looking for an opening (somewhat like a hyena), trying to slide her fingers under my fingers. I just take her hand and place it elsewhere, and after doing this about 10 times (and sometimes threatening to end the nursing session), she'll get the message. It really test my patience. Once, I stuck my finger in her nose, and said, "see, you don't like that do you? Well, that's what it feels like to mommy when you play with my nipple; it feels yukky." She seems to understand that, and in every other way, she is a pretty considerate kid (well, for a 2.5 yo), but she still keeps doing it - so I guess it really is a deep compulsion, and must feel impossible to stop. I've kind of accepted that she'll probably never stop til she weans.