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I have a 6 mo who has always loved to suck his (and everyone elses) hands, fingers, thumb, etc. Recently he has started trying to do this while nursing...making his latch not so good and hurting me a bit. When I try to take his hand away from his mouth he gets really upset and often wont nurse unless he is too tired to fight it.<br><br>
Has anyone else's lo done this? Is it just some kind of phase he will get over?<br><br>
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Oh my gosh, my 5 1/2 m.o. does this too!! I can take his thumb away though. It's just so funny. I wondered if anyone else out there does this too...
 

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That is a tough one. Maybe treat it like he's biting and not let him latch if he's going to do it? Although biting seems to happen a lot later.<br><br>
Do you wear a nursing necklace? Maybe try distracting him with that? You do tuck his one arm under him, right?
 

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Yeah, my 4 month old started this recently as well... he just loves to suck and I guess wants as many systems going at the same time as possible <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I've been taking his thumb/finger out and he seems to be OK with that... but have been thinking of a nursing necklace as PP advised
 

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lol! my 3-month-old dd does this too. it helps to let her twiddel her bottom hand on my side (i kind of clamp her shoulder b/t my elbo and hip so that she has to keep it down there) while i hold and play with her top hand. swadeling and side-lying also helps. i've been thinking about getting a nursing necklace also.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">lol! my 3-month-old dd does this too. it helps to let her twiddel her bottom hand on my side (i kind of clamp her shoulder b/t my elbo and hip so that she has to keep it down there) while i hold and play with her top hand. swadeling and side-lying also helps. i've been thinking about getting a nursing necklace also.</div>
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Yep, that's what we do. My 3.5-month-old chews her fingers and tries to while nursing. I hold her hands with my free hand and play with them. Sometimes, I give her a burp cloth to cling to or my nursing necklace. A favorite toy may also be helpful or something with an interesting texture like a comb or brush.
 

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Could he be teething? My son gets really bad for this every time he has a tooth coming in. I would always take his hand and kiss his palm. He would giggle a bit and keep eating. Now he thinks he needs his hand to be kissed while he's eating.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Could he be teething? My son gets really bad for this every time he has a tooth coming in. I would always take his hand and kiss his palm. He would giggle a bit and keep eating. Now he thinks he needs his hand to be kissed while he's eating.</div>
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sleepy naking.<br><br>
that is so cute! what sweet memories!
 
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