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My 9 month old is suddenly very curious about my nipples. He constantly interupts the nursing session to stop, unlatch, check out my nipple and then try to reach for it with a sweet smile on his face. I don't let him touch it because 1)even when short those fingernails are like little razor blades 2)who knows where he had his hands last <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> 3)I don't want this to become a habit.<br>
What I end up having to do is say "I'm going to put it away if you are done" and then give him another shot and then put it away. Of course then he starts screaming so I help him calm down and then pull it back out (if he started the whole thing early in the feeding).<br>
I'm curious what some of you experienced BFing mamas could give me for advice on this -------- or is this nothing compared to what I'll end up dealing with as he gets older? I want to BF (if my son agrees which I imagine he will because he LOVES his boobies) for at least 2 years.<br><br>
Thank you!<br>
Erin, mom to a 9 month old boy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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DD is 11 months and we've been going thru the same thing. I just do exactly what you do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I end up dodging her lightening fast grip several times a day, even when NOT nursing. (No, I don't run around topless <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> , but darned if DD isn't a nipple seeking missile!)
 

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DD started doing the same thing, but only when she was done nursing. She'll pull away after two minutes, and if I try to relatch her, she tries to play with my nipple. I figure that means she's really done. I'd keep doing what you're doing. He'll learn that playing with nipples = meal time is over.
 

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My ds loves to play with my nipples. His newest thing is to pop off, point to my nipple and say "ball" LMAO Then he likes to poke it and LAUGH. As long as I keep his nails trimmed it's not too bad and very funny. He still pinches while he nurses but doesn't bite anymore, so I can handle the nipple funnies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Max loves to twiddle - while he's drinking from one, he would twiddle the other one! I guess it never really bothered me. Sometimes Inotice he'll stick his hand down my shirt when I'm just holding him to just feel them....so silly!!
 

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I appreciate the input! I am seeing that I just need to have more of a sense of humor with it.... I guess I'll just keep doing what I'm doing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I do take it as a compliment that he loves to nurse, especially because I fought tooth and nail through a variety of early bfing troubles. Maybe that's why I just want it to go smoothly, no messing around!<br><br>
Thanks again!
 

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My DS does this too. He plays with the other side while nursing. Sometimes if I try to block or hold his hand he gets pretty upset about it. Sometimes it is a big comfort thing for him and will help him settle down and go to sleep if he is twiddling the other side. But sometimes it does hurt. I would prefer he not play with the otherside because I don't want him to do that in public. ANd because it hurts sometimes. Also, a (very AP) mom mentioned that its not the best feeling in the world to at some point end up being aroused by your child accidentally from something like this.<br><br>
Sometimes holding his hand helps or wearing a necklace that DS can play with. But again, there are those times when he is pretty adamant and I often end up giving in, especially if he is trying to fall asleep.
 

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my son has been pinching them since he was about 6 mo. he'll pinch one while nursing on the other, i think he is just curious. i let him as long as he doesnt do it too hard. its cute how interested he is in them.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My DS pinches while he nurses, which I discourage him from by taking his hand instead. But lately, he also seems intrigued by the nipple itself. When he rolls away from me after nursing, and before I pull down my shirt, he will sometimes inspect the nipple and poke it to see what happens. Sometimes he'll also take another sip.<br>
I think it's hilarious, and I also think it's another way that he is learning about the world around him. So unless I am irritated with it (which I am not, at thsi point) then I don't mind at all and just let it be.
 

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It has really worked for me to hold ds's hand flat against the side of my breast while stroking the back of it (his hand). If I make eye contact and talk about something else at the same time, it works even better. Distraction, distraction, distraction!
 

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yes! ha! love it. ds is just a physical guy, he loves to stroke boobies, twiddle the other nipple, jump off my lap while still latched on (ouch!)... and, yes, pull down my shirt and help himself. i call myself the 24 hour help yourself buffet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ha. anyone else notice most of us are talking about boys??? hmmm.
 
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