Nursing is by far the most beautiful phase of motherhood. With all the joy of breastfeeding, comes the distraction phase of babies.
Latch, suck for a while, pull off..latch again, suck, look around. Nurse a minute, pull off and smile at you. Latch back, pull off to see who walked into the room. Nurse, pull off and watch the TV, sounds familiar? These are the signs of a distracted baby.
Babies age 2-6 months get easily distracted, and sometimes forget to unlatch(ouch!). Older babies of 8-9 months also get distracted as they are curious to know what’s happening in their surrounding.
Like teething and biting, distractability is also a development phase in babies. Here are a few tips that can be followed.
Nurse in a quiet location, close the curtains of the windows and make the area a darker. Get rid of all the distractions like phones, toys in the area you feed the baby. You can also cover the baby with a nursing cover while feeding.
Try different positions
Try nursing while lying down, this will let the baby be focused and less distracted. Nursing in football positions gives you have better control over the head.
Nurse as soon as the baby wakes up
Nurse as soon as the baby wakes up in the morning or from the naps. Babies are calm when they are drowsy and just up from the sleep. This is also called dream feeding.
Use nursing necklace
Nursing necklaces are a great addition to a mother’s wardrobe and also lets the baby focus on feeding. Babies would love to explore and play with the necklace beads that are appropriate and safe for those little hands. To buy a nursing necklace, click here.
Babywearing and nursing go hand-in-hand. It lets you keep the baby close to you and encourages breastfeeding. The increase in oxytocin levels when there is a skin to skin contact helps in the let-down. Different carriers can be used to nurse the baby. It is also essential to make sure you follow the safety guidelines while nursing in a carrier. Make sure that the baby’s airline is clear. For more information about babywearing safety, you may want to read my article on babywearing safety guidelines.
- Loosen the shoulder straps and the waistband
- Lower the baby as much as needed
- Help baby latch on
- You can use the hood as a nursing cover
2. Ring Slings
- Put the baby in the sling as you usually do, To know about the ring sling tips and tricks, click here.
- Loosen the rings just a little and lower the baby as much as needed.
- Once the baby latches, tighten the sling so that the baby is snug and secure.
- For more privacy, use the tail of the sling as a nursing cover.
Hope you find this article helpful.
Until next time,