Join Date: Jun 2004
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My DD is 34 months old. She finished gradually and gently weaning about 8 months ago. I know it's normal for breastfed toddlers to reach into mom's shirt when they want to nurse or are looking for comfort, but my DD is STILL doing it. If she gets upset and I pick her up, she immediately starts reaching. And it's really bad at bedtime (I lie down with her to get her to sleep, and we literally start wrestling as she pulls at the neckline of my shirt).
I don't care so much about people seeing her do it in public, but it is annoying, and I'm 25 weeks pregnant, so my breasts are pretty sensitive, and I don't like someone pinching and grabbing.
Any thoughts about how to discourage this? I've tried explaining to her that some things are private and that I don't like it when she grabs me, and when it's possible, I move away from her, but at nighttime if I get up and leave the bed she freaks out (she's not much of a sleeper). I don't want to be too harsh with her, but I'd like her to understand that there are some limits on mom's body, especially parts that are covered with clothing. She gets plently of hugs, kisses and snuggles, so I don't think it's about making up for any lack there.