Post # 1
First, a disclaimer: I am not a mother nor expecting at this time. This question comes from a place of true ignorance on my part and I am not being judgmental. I just want to know but don’t want to start a war in the process.
This curiousity occurred to me after meeting my breastfeeding friend’s baby girl for the first time and receiving pictures of them from time to time. The baby always has her hand down her mom’s shirt. In public, in pictures, when she is carrying her, etc. She will grab and tug at her breast at will. Is this normal behavior for children that are breastfeeding?
Post # 4
I don’t know, but I would imagine that it’s not ABnormal. As a friend of mine put it, “Well, I like fried chicken. So if you put a plate of fried chicken in front of me, yeah, I’m going to be all over it. My boobs are my baby’s fried chicken.”
I DO know that different children behave different ways regarding breastfeeding. Some are very placid and quiet and breastfeed calmly; others remain stimulated by the environment and want to look this way and that WHILE nursing (yeah, fun for mom too); some are pushy and demanding; some are finicky…The hand on the breast thing doesn’t shock me at all! (although I do sort of wonder if after a while, you wouldn’t remove the hand on occasion when posing for pictures…)
Post # 5
It is normal behavior, but if it bothers the mom then it is possible to teach a baby “breastfeeding manners.” When my son started doing that I always told him, “No thank you. Please do not grab at my shirt. If you want milk you can sign for milk (baby sign language) or use your words (all babies by instinct say NEH when they want milk).” After a few days he got it and now he rarely grabs at me.
Post # 6
Yup, Dirty Delete did the same thing. We nursed until she was 13 months. She’s just about 2 now, and she still points to my chest and say “boobs” or “found boobs!”.
Post # 7
i breastfed for 10months and not once did She have her hand down my shirt, BUT my mom breastfed my brother and he ALWAYS had his hand over herbreast or down her shirt. i guess its pretty normal, nothing weird or crazy
Post # 9
DS will only yank on a shirt or try to find boob when he is hungry. The rest of the time he could care less that they are there. He will even try to find them on someone else when he is hungry.
Post # 10
@NJmeetsBX: Yep, it’s normal. My DS did it all the time when I was breastfeeding him – can you say awkward? To this day he’s still a boob man, lol.
Post # 11
Dude, my kids do this and I didn’t even breastfeed DS (I only breastfed Dirty Delete for about 2.5 weeks). I think it’s a comfort thing of having skin to skin contact, regardless of breastfeeding or not.