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Anyone stop an established twiddler from twiddling???

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Help! I am pregnant and the twiddling that used to be bothersome is now really frustrating at times...The other night DD nursed and twiddled for an hour and a half before falling asleep and I thought I was going to lose it. My nipples aren't even that sensitive yet (only 10 weeks pregnant). DD is 26 months and strong-willed, so I feel at a loss for changing her behavior. Anyone have any good insights?? Thanks!
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I don't know if I can help much, just offer some empathy - I can't bear twiddling, so never allowed it BUT that never stopped *every* nursing session being a wrestling match. He would also just poke, scratch, and pinch me everywhere...I would try holding his hand or deflecting it, and I also would stop nursing him as a natural consequence, which resulted in angry crying and tantrums [he's pretty strong-willed - never gives up]. It is no fun.

Have you tried giving her hand something else to play with, a blanket or toy - or even another part of your body, your thumb or something? And/or expressing to her that it hurts? "Ow, that hurts mommy! Here is your nursy toy instead."
A nursing necklace can really help. Other than that, I did a lot of directing DS to keep his arm down or I'd remove him. I could deal with somersaults while latched on, but not with twiddling.
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