Join Date: Aug 2002
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Seems to me I would treat this the same way I would treat biting at the end of a feed, when they are just fooling around. Stop the feed and tell her why. Of course, this will be met with tears if it is at nap or bed time. Depending on the child, it can take time to unlearn a bad nursing habit. Nursing manners are so important when nursing a toddler, as it is a relationship where both partners must be respected.
Offer other kinds of comfort or hand her off to dad for a sling walk at bedtime?
Spirited kids have a harder time learning good nursing manners, speaking from exp here. One of mine bit me for months, the other one twiddled the opposite nipple til I wanted to climb the walls!
One of mine had a favorite teddy bear and she used to twiddle its nose instead of me (that was my one non-spirited, but "only spunky" child). The biter had a favorite knitted blanket and used to force her fingers through the holes for fun while nursing. I hope you can find an alternative twiddle object. (Kids twiddle for biological reasons, it stimulates your milk supply, like a goat butting its head into its mom's udder!) And keep those fingernails short!