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#1 of 16 Old 01-31-2005, 03:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am getting very stressed out as my dd almost 13 mo has started raking her nails on my breast again I realize she did it all night but was half asleep, and am feeling angry when she does it which worries me. She had stopped biting and scratching so not sure why she has started again. Any ideas? It HURTS!

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Oh goodness! That's terrible. When Phoenix bites me, I tell him "Don't hurt Senor! Senor doesn't like it when you bite. That HURTS mommy. No biting" and I won't nurse him anymore.

If he really wants to nurse, I will usually let him again and he won't usually bite again (but if he does, no boob for him.).

Senor is what we call nursing, which is a long story.

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Thanks maybe I will have to be more firm, usually we say gentle and it helps but not sure why she stated again! Ouch!

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My ds has been doing this in the last week, he isn't feeling well and it just escalates whenever he is needier. I can tell him, "Be gentle" and he eases up but I do need to remind him several times a day usually. I have gone thru some really frustrating phases of this kind of thing with him, he would push his fingers into my ribs and armpits and under my breast, hard, and when he was too little to understand I used to feel like I would explode!!! It is really frustrating.
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Senor is what we call nursing, which is a long story.
*That* I want to hear

 

 

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Me too!

To OP, have you tried a nursing necklace?
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well, it reminds me to trim his nails regularly! (seriously, i hate it. it's positively savage. ow!) really, short nails are not as bad as ones that have gone over a week or so if i've forgotten. i do discourage it, but sometimes he forgets and who knows why.

i think babies have all this kinetic energy to let off, and sometimes grabbiness/pinching/scratching is just part of them winding down. it's hard in winter to get them out, i know, but if mine have strenuously exercised i find there is less of this painful behavior.

ps i have had about 6 nursing necklaces, and have yet to find one that has not ended up a puddle of beads/stones in my 'fix-it' drawer. they worked well for a short time (well under a year) but since then...

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I feel your pain. Pun intended. I have to stay right on top of keeping my 13 mo dd's nails trimmed or she leaves scratches on me too. Honestly I've gotten so used to the pinching, pulling, scratching, I usually don't notice until I forget to cut her nails.
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I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only mommy who looks like she is trying to nurse a : ! While we're on the subject of scratching and pinching I was wondering if anyone has any brilliant ideas for getting those tiny razor blades clipped at some point? We've tried to get them done while as well as distracting with toys but neither works well. I'm tired of dealing with whenever they need to be done
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My dd grows little razor nails, too. Luckily, she doesn't mind me clipping them if I find just the right moment.

whoops - typing woke her up. time to switch sides.
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Wow just discovered replies! Thanks! I do try to keep her nails trimmed but she hates it, she is better now but seems sad she can't pull on my breast. I think a nursing necklace is a good idea, where do you get them?!

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well, it reminds me to trim his nails regularly! (seriously, i hate it. it's positively savage. ow!) really, short nails are not as bad as ones that have gone over a week or so if i've forgotten. i do discourage it, but sometimes he forgets and who knows why.

i think babies have all this kinetic energy to let off, and sometimes grabbiness/pinching/scratching is just part of them winding down. it's hard in winter to get them out, i know, but if mine have strenuously exercised i find there is less of this painful behavior.

ps i have had about 6 nursing necklaces, and have yet to find one that has not ended up a puddle of beads/stones in my 'fix-it' drawer. they worked well for a short time (well under a year) but since then...

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I think thats true she is a very active baby/toddler and I think she has been frustrated lately from getting 3 molars.

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I put something hand sized in dds hand to hold, sometimes that works.
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ps destinye i have a naughty parrot too and FIVE cats.

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ps destinye i have a naughty parrot too and FIVE cats.

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I imagine you have fun trimming their nails too! Mine is an African Grey and he is like a permanent toddler! My dd does not like his squawking tho!

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PS Celeste is doing MUCH better and not gouging me now! Phew

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