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Is this a sign that he's angry or frustrated?

Posted by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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My son is 3 months old. My son was nice about nursing on my nipples.

But a week ago he started pulling and chewing on my nipples.

really?? wth?? is this his way of showing that he's angry or frustrated?

i will say, "sam, no" in a stern voice. but it doesn't help because he will do it again.

can anyone tell me if this is normal. how do i get him to stop?

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RozyMama
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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He is working to increase your sippy to his growing demand. He's growing, he's telling your body to catch up. Or he's annoyed by slow milk flow at the end of a feeding, especially in the evening. It's all normal, and annoying. When he starts that, unlatch and switch sides. You can repeat the process over and over, great supply builder. No need to scold, he's too little to understand.
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vinalex0581
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 9:55 PM

i'm confused.

how would he be increasing my milk flow by chewing on my nipple or pulling on it?

from my understanding of it, the nipple on the boob doesn't do anything except give the infant something to suck on while nursing.

Quoting RozyMama:

He is working to increase your sippy to his growing demand. He's growing, he's telling your body to catch up. Or he's annoyed by slow milk flow at the end of a feeding, especially in the evening. It's all normal, and annoying. When he starts that, unlatch and switch sides. You can repeat the process over and over, great supply builder. No need to scold, he's too little to understand.


RozyMama
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:33 PM
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The pulling and clamping is physical stimulation and can trigger the release of oxytocin, resulting in more letdowns... More letdowns, more emptying, more emptying signals the body to increase production. The nipple has lots of neat functions, it contains nerve endings, ducts, glands etc that all serve important roles in sending signals to your body about how much and what type of milk to make, based on your baby's nursing behavior and even your baby's saliva. Pretty cool.

Quoting vinalex0581:

i'm confused.

how would he be increasing my milk flow by chewing on my nipple or pulling on it?

from my understanding of it, the nipple on the boob doesn't do anything except give the infant something to suck on while nursing.

Quoting RozyMama:

He is working to increase your sippy to his growing demand. He's growing, he's telling your body to catch up. Or he's annoyed by slow milk flow at the end of a feeding, especially in the evening. It's all normal, and annoying. When he starts that, unlatch and switch sides. You can repeat the process over and over, great supply builder. No need to scold, he's too little to understand.


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Clh1989
by Bronze Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM
My daughter pulls and chews if my letdown is too fast. She also does it when her teeth are bugging her.
aehanrahan
by Group Mod - Amy on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Yep, this!
It could be a growth spurt, teething, frustration with needing to work for a second (or third) letdown, or a combination of these.


Quoting RozyMama:

The pulling and clamping is physical stimulation and can trigger the release of oxytocin, resulting in more letdowns... More letdowns, more emptying, more emptying signals the body to increase production. The nipple has lots of neat functions, it contains nerve endings, ducts, glands etc that all serve important roles in sending signals to your body about how much and what type of milk to make, based on your baby's nursing behavior and even your baby's saliva. Pretty cool.



Quoting vinalex0581:

i'm confused.

how would he be increasing my milk flow by chewing on my nipple or pulling on it?

from my understanding of it, the nipple on the boob doesn't do anything except give the infant something to suck on while nursing.

Quoting RozyMama:

He is working to increase your sippy to his growing demand. He's growing, he's telling your body to catch up. Or he's annoyed by slow milk flow at the end of a feeding, especially in the evening. It's all normal, and annoying. When he starts that, unlatch and switch sides. You can repeat the process over and over, great supply builder. No need to scold, he's too little to understand.


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MissyAnnB
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:49 PM
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well that answered my question about my baby boy pulling on my nipple....it does hurt! im like ow stop please lol!! 

gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Vina, have you ever seen kittens nursing? They're pretty mean to the mom! They pull and claw. Our bodies are designed to respond to this behavior.

"Nice guys finish last" could well apply to the survival game!

ALL NORMAL.

You have been perfect every inch of the way, from birth on. Every step has been perfect. 

vinalex0581
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

holy crap!!

i had no idea they had that kind of innate behavior!

well.........learn something new everyday!!

it's pretty awesome how an infant just uses his instincts like that.

=D

i'm completely impressed.

so if this IS the case, his behavior should be telling me that my milk supply is low and i should worry, right?

Quoting RozyMama:

The pulling and clamping is physical stimulation and can trigger the release of oxytocin, resulting in more letdowns... More letdowns, more emptying, more emptying signals the body to increase production. The nipple has lots of neat functions, it contains nerve endings, ducts, glands etc that all serve important roles in sending signals to your body about how much and what type of milk to make, based on your baby's nursing behavior and even your baby's saliva. Pretty cool.

Quoting vinalex0581:

i'm confused.

how would he be increasing my milk flow by chewing on my nipple or pulling on it?

from my understanding of it, the nipple on the boob doesn't do anything except give the infant something to suck on while nursing.

Quoting RozyMama:

He is working to increase your sippy to his growing demand. He's growing, he's telling your body to catch up. Or he's annoyed by slow milk flow at the end of a feeding, especially in the evening. It's all normal, and annoying. When he starts that, unlatch and switch sides. You can repeat the process over and over, great supply builder. No need to scold, he's too little to understand.



MamaLauraWilson
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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No, no reason to worry. 3 months is growth spurt time. Nothing wrong with you or your supply. His behavior is taking care of it. Just relax and go with it.
Pretty cool huh!? We need to stop messing with nature and thinking we know better. The more I learn the more I get annoyed with modern day humans and how we are killing ourselves with technology.


Quoting vinalex0581:

holy crap!!

i had no idea they had that kind of innate behavior!

well.........learn something new everyday!!

it's pretty awesome how an infant just uses his instincts like that.

=D

i'm completely impressed.

so if this IS the case, his behavior should be telling me that my milk supply is low and i should worry, right?

Quoting RozyMama:

The pulling and clamping is physical stimulation and can trigger the release of oxytocin, resulting in more letdowns... More letdowns, more emptying, more emptying signals the body to increase production. The nipple has lots of neat functions, it contains nerve endings, ducts, glands etc that all serve important roles in sending signals to your body about how much and what type of milk to make, based on your baby's nursing behavior and even your baby's saliva. Pretty cool.



Quoting vinalex0581:

i'm confused.

how would he be increasing my milk flow by chewing on my nipple or pulling on it?

from my understanding of it, the nipple on the boob doesn't do anything except give the infant something to suck on while nursing.

Quoting RozyMama:

He is working to increase your sippy to his growing demand. He's growing, he's telling your body to catch up. Or he's annoyed by slow milk flow at the end of a feeding, especially in the evening. It's all normal, and annoying. When he starts that, unlatch and switch sides. You can repeat the process over and over, great supply builder. No need to scold, he's too little to understand.



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brittanyx22
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM
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No. No. No.

You don't have to worry. Your supply is fine. Your son is regulating your supply so he gets more. Yiu're not losing milk. You worry so much with no reason to! Relax momma!

Quoting vinalex0581:


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