Yep I had a serious issue with distraction and bottle preference and not just when out either. I had to completely remove all bottles as he went on a one week nursing strike where I had to pump every feed. (this was at the 3 1/2 month point and I thought that was it for BFing). I used to feed in the changing rooms of shops at the malls, the sales assistants never minded (just try not to let her see herself in the mirror or you will never tempt her back to the boob ). At people's houses I asked for a quiet bedroom. I fed little and often, it seemed like he never really drank much, but his weight gain was steady. I'd swap back and forth from breast to breast so the flow stayed fast. It lasted a few months and then he took slightly longer feeds, but still very snacky and still fed little and often, but at least I could talk while feeding, without him popping off and looking around. I ended up breastfeeding for over 22 months, only recently weaning due to my pregnancy, so it all worked out in the end!Once he started solids, at close to 7 months it was much easier as if he didn't want to feed I'd give him a snack of solids instead and an extra feed once we got home. By the time he was 9 months he was really able to truly "demand" feed and then I just fed when he asked. It probably did mean I didn't spend a lot of time at the mall, but to be honest once they are crawling etc they are not all that keen at spending a lot of time in their pram anyway, so you tend to meet at people's houses.I think a nursing necklace is a great idea, I only heard about them afterwards and its something I'll def consider if my next baby is the same.
Thanks Kiwispiers, this is one of the primary reason for my concerns. Just curious if anyone has experienced this issue and what they did to overcome it? I went to the mall on a busy Friday afternoon and the nursing rooms were busy, screaming kids and all. If I can't feed there then I have no other quieter option. The only other quiet option would be in the car in the parking lot but that is not ideal!Should I nurse in progressively noisier surroundings at home to get her used to it?Nursing necklaces are something else I am considering.. Any other advice and does anyone have any experience on whether this behaviour lessens or stops?TIA xedited by sparkly on 02/07/2012
yes normal to be distracted, try and feed in a very quiet place. I'd warn that by expressing and giving it instead, you do risk that she will start to prefer the bottle to the breast and will refuse to feed more and more frequently.
Hi Ladies,Just now that we are hitting the 4 month mark my LO has proved all those books right and has become very distractible during feeds! During day if I do not feed her right after a nap she will skip a feed (she feeds often during day, approx every 2 hours so skipping is sometimes ok and maybe she is not truly really hungry?). What did your babies do at this age? She takes one breast during day and two at night, is this a sign that I am feeding her too frequently during day and could go longer so she will take two breasts at each day feed?So since we feed after each nap, when we go out to the mall she refuses to feed, so today I had to take my pump just in case. Id offer her the breast first and she would turn away as if not hungry. But then i expressed in the nursing room so as to keep us on the move! I hoped that if she was 'starving' she might breastfeed in the nursing rooms but didnt want it to get far do perhaps this is just me worrying too much? Each time I expressed she drank the whole lot so she was hungry.. She has only started doing this in the past couple of weeks. I wonder can she go a lot longer during the day and I am just freaking out unnecessarily, or is this quite common to be too distracted to feed in public. What are the solutions or do they grow out of it and how soon! I don't want her to go hungry obviously but also as she dislikes the car rides I need to make sure she is not in the least bit hungry before we get in the car so feeding in public is a must. Also expressing under that kind of pressure sucks and if I take a bottle of EBM then we are limited to three hourly outings as I must get home to feed or express again...TIA!! X
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