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November 2nd, 2012, 05:59 AM
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My son is 7 months old, and for the last month or so he's been causing me some pain while nursing. On my left side only, he latches and then uses his hand to push on the breast while he pulls with his mouth. I have some pretty nasty bruising at the moment. It doesn't seem to matter if the flow is slow or fast at the time. I can use my hand to block his hand, and that helps, but he is still pulling with his mouth.

Any ideas? It doesn't happen on the right side (instead, he uses his face to press into the breast but doesn't pull at the nipple).
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November 2nd, 2012, 06:18 AM
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A photo might help. My dd does some strange stuff that hurts. I've swatted her hands a few times. =\ sometimes that's all that works. She actually digs into my areola at times with her fingers and has really hurt me.
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November 2nd, 2012, 09:55 AM
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I'm not super comfortable posting a picture of that on the internet, especially since it has to be hosted first. I can't figure out if it's just an annoying thing or if it means something.
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November 2nd, 2012, 12:32 PM
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DD does this to me and I learned to just tell her it hurts and just push her little neck and face closer to my breast. I wish I would have started doing this earlier because now, honestly, my nipples are saggier. Another thing that has helped because she was also kind of biting down was to relatch her. The pain has gotten muuuch better. I never got bruising but my nipples were irritated. I don't know if the problem you're having is quite the same though. I hope you feel better soon, especially if you EBF.
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November 2nd, 2012, 02:56 PM
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yes! Avery is kind of biting down too. I don't know if it's teething maybe? Last time this happened I had to relatch a few times per feeding until he stopped, but he's back at it. Our local breastfeeding hotline suggested giving him something to do with the hand that usually pushes, and that's helped too.
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November 2nd, 2012, 05:08 PM
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maybe try a football hold or sidelying?
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November 3rd, 2012, 11:13 AM
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DD does this and I get teeth in there when she is pushing off. She does it because of teething. Good luck.
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