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6 month old won't stop pinching

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MyFavouriteName · 22/06/2017 19:55

6 month old DS pinches constantly when nursing and has now started doing it for comfort at other times. I've tried all the tricks I can think of - telling him no and moving his hand, telling him it hurts me, distracting his hands with a comforter or muslin. Nothing works. He laughs if I say ouch or anything like that. I know he's not meaning to hurt but his grip is really strong and I have bruises all over my upper arms and my chest.

I can't bear it anymore and it's making me want to stop breastfeeding. Any ideas?

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DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen · 22/06/2017 19:57

Take his hand away and hold it, every single time he does it. No other reaction,don't say no or stop it but firmly remove his hand.

I used to do that when ds grabbed my hair and glasses.

MyFavouriteName · 22/06/2017 20:06

I've tried that too unfortunately. It's hard to remember everything I've tried! It's been going on a while. If I do that he wriggles his hand and pulls it away in order to find another spot to pinch. I feel like feeds are a constant battle.

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Booboostwo · 22/06/2017 20:31

Have you tried unlatching and putting him down for a short while? That's how I got both of mine to stop biting.

Redken24 · 22/06/2017 20:34

Put something in his hand? I use a facecloth.

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