My dd2 will be 3 the first week of Sept. She still nurses hourly. I'm not joking. : My older dd weaned about 7-8 weeks ago, just shy of her 4th birthday and I'm enjoying the break from tandem nursing, but it seems that younger dd has picked up the slack. And, even worse than nursing CONSTANTLY.....she picks at me. She walks her fingers all over my body, she kneads my breasts like they are bread dough, she pinches with her little fingernails. I have tried unlatching her, but that doesn't work so well with the older ones as it does when they are younger....or maybe it's just her I stick my finger in to unlatch her and she latches down harder. I want to scream. I want to wean her. This has been going on for weeks and it's getting progressively worse. I've had talks with her about it being my body and she says she understands, but then the next time she nurses, it's a battle for her to keep her little wandering hands to herself. She's broken 4 nursing necklaces in just the last 8 (or so) months, and I am tired of spending money on stuff she's just going to break. Surely, at this age, she can understand simple rules like Keep your hands to yourself. I don't mind if she holds the breast or even rubs a bit, but it's like she's trying to mold it. I have little scratches where she's broken the skin with her fingernails, pinching me. I don't know what else to do with her. She isn't easily distracted, for example, we were at the pool for about 4 hours last week....she nursed 4 times. 4 Times. At The Pool. Not like there wasn't enough distraction there, right? : ANd she refuses to leave my shirt down when she's nursing in public, though I have repeatedly asked her againa dn again and again. She's quite spirited and very, very intelligent; she speaks in complete compound sentences, is capable of reading very simple words, knows her colors, numbers, etc. I say that because I KNOW she's capable of understanding these simple limits, and yet, she completely refuses to show my body any sort of respect and I want.To.SCREAM! Help me figure out gentle ways of teaching her proper nursing manners. Or is this normal for the age? And WHEN will it pass?
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7/10/06 at 10:25am