Oi, I hated that!!! Lily is a very tactile baby, loves to feel everything. Around 10-11m, she started pinching my tummy. But not just my tummy, she liked to dig in my stretch marks--I hated it! I learned to pull my shirt down or hold my hand over the part she wanted to pinch. Yes, it was a phase....but now she's on to my nipples!! She'll just caress so sweetly, looking for that nipple, and then she likes to play w/ it. But that's not allowed by me! I just can't take it and don't want it to be a habit. But when I wear a bra, it's not a problem.
fwiw, some mamas find relief from a nursing necklace or bracelet--something else for them to grab and play w/. Good luck!! BTDT!!! Just for the record, it IS ok to set some boundaries for nursing, and pinching can be one of them.
Oh, I just remembered that Lily loved to pinch the skin (read: FAT!) on my arms while nursing too.... Glad that phase is over!!
I feel for ya! Those mystery scabs are strange....I definitely feel it when Lily digs into me!! She's finally stopped pinching and scratching this past month, so now I just wonder "What's next?!" It's always, something, right?! Keeps life interesting, I guess.
Keep up the good work, mamas, and don't be afraid to *get creative*!
my babe's a pincher too....I try to put a stuffed animal near my breast so she can twiddle that. I do tell her no that it hurts me, and I show her how to be gentle. She too likes the feeling of the skin in her hand....its like a comfort thing when she's tired.
sorry...I hate the pinching too. They eventually start to understand if you keep redirecting them.