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Hi all-we aren't exactly extended nursing yet, ds is only 13 months, but I didn't know where else to post this. Nursing is starting to really bug me. Gone are the days of cuddling and gazing into his eyes. He is all over the place even when he is tired-my personal fave is the upside down position, kind of a downward dog on my lap. He just will not stay still-it feels like a wrestling match.<br><br>
I also can't sit down without him lifting my shirt to nurse but then he nurse for a couple of seconds then stop then start again. It's like he is just checking to make sure they still work.<br><br>
It is very difficult to be even remotely discreet in public. My dd never did this-she was always nice and quiet at my breast.<br><br>
Any advice or similar experiences?
 

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I don't knwo how to stop it but I hope someone can tell me cause I'm tired of getting kicked in the face while she's standing on her head.
 

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no advice here - just commiseration!<br><br>
I am being kneed in the stomach while nursing down for naps - my ds does the downward dog thing too and then whammo into my stomach - he is 13 mos too!<br><br>
i am not sure we can stop it - his body seems to need to move constantly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Unfortunately, it seems to be the age. You could try nursing in a sling. You could also enforce a "no wrestle" rule. When he starts the gymnastics, unlatch and tell him no nurse until he is settled down. However, then he may never eat . . . .
 

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I nursed my son for two1/2 years and am currently nursing my 10 month old daughter. The constant moving arounds, I think, tends to be their thing at this age. With my daughter I just put her down or unlatch her until she is really ready to nurse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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no advice, just some hugs. We too are nursing gymnastics..... for the last 4 mos..... she is 16 mos now. It seems to be starting to settle down.
 

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Another gymnast's mother here. Bleuet actually will insist that I lie on my back so he can swithc back and forth and bakc and forth and back and -- you get the idea. When I am nursing him to sleep, he will start to droft off and jerk himself awake again in order to switch. He tries to breastfeed while standing next to my chair -- and it's not like he's all the tall, either. He stands in my lap or in the sling while latched. We are not really a good example for someone considering breastfeeding who needs reassurance that it can be done discreetly. OTOH, if they're considering breastfeeding and they want to be amused, that's another story.<br><br>
To the OP -- I tend to agree with the other posters, that gross motor skills are SUCH a COMELLING DRIVE for babies our childrens' age, we probably can't influence it too much.
 

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Another one here!<br>
Andrew is 13 months and has completely impressed me with his ability to do gymnastics without releasing his latch.<br>
It drives me crazy at times, but I'm glad I'm not alone.<br>
*Sometimes* I can unlatch him and vigorously bounce him to sleep (he's usually almost asleep when this is happening).<br>
Anyway, I know you came for advice and I don't have much, but everyone's descriptions made me laugh out loud. So thanks.<br><br>
-Erynn and Andrew (5/9/03)
 

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i've got an almost 13 month old gymnast here as well. the only two things that can help calm her down are nursing in the sling (basically supporting a cradle hold so she can't really wiggle around much), and going into a quiet, dark room and sitting in the rocking chair. neither one always works, but they definitely keep it at a minimum. the only other way i can occasionally get her to chill is to have her straddle my lap and hug her into me - she will nurse that way, with her head resting on either my arm or my other boob.
 

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Well the only silver lining I can think of is that while our nurslings are moving all over the place there is that much less skin to stick on those hot summer afternoons <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> If they move fast enough maybe they will make a breeze - LOL - it is HOT here today, can you tell?
 

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Nursing Toddler Olympics is what I call it!!!!<br><br>
Depending on my mood I would sometimes tell ds that if he wanted to nurse he had to lay nicely in my lap. Other times I wouldnt care, and let him do whatever. I remember very clearly the first time my mom witnessed the Olympic trials going on in my lap. Her face was priceless!!!! I also found that if I let him stand, he was happier for some reason and moved less. I would sit on the floor and just let him lean over and nurse. Or I would let him straddle my lap and nurse sitting up. Now, that Im pregnant and have sore nips we are back to the no moving around rules. He loves to nurse so he understands that if he wants "bookie" he has to be gentle.
 
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