I'm hoping for some help with this, or at least some stories of people who have been there and their baby turned out okay.
My son will be 11 months old tomorrow. At around 8 months, he started pinching my chest, hard, while he was nursing. I tried saying "ouch" but he laughed. I tried holding his hand, but he would get agitated and pull it away. I tried taking his hand away and saying "no, no pinching, pinching hurts mama", I tried taking him off the boob and putting him down on the floor. Every time he does it, I show him how to be gentle instead. Nothing specific seemed to work, but eventually, it stopped for a little while and then started up again about a month ago.
Now, the pinching has escalated to full on grabbing, and instead of my chest he is grabbing my face. No matter how short I keep his fingernails, it is still painful, and I am left with gouges on my face, one of which actually got infected. It hurts, it's awful, and I am so frustrated. He seems to do it more when he is tired or frustrated. If I take something away from him or pick him up to move him away from something he can't have, he will grab my face, hard.
I have tried all of the previous things, and also tried doing a brief one minute "time out" in the crib, and it just seems to be getting worse. Today, he woke up too early and barely napped so is especially tired and he has been doing it ALL DAY. I'm so frustrated I finally ended up yelling at him today, which I hate. And it didn't work anyway...he just grabbed my face in response before I had a chance to sit him down on the floor.
I think it would help if I ignored it, but I can't ignore it, because he is physically hurting me.
Any ideas or suggestions? We have had a miserable day today because of this. I'm totally fed up.