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|Sun, 02-06-2005 - 9:53am|
...okay, so my little guy isn't quite 6 months yet (he will be 6 months on March 1), but we're close and this seems to be more of an older baby issue than a younger baby issue, so thought I would post it here....
Up until recently, Noah has been really good about NIP. Whenever he is nursing, he would be focused on that and not care about anything else going on around him. I will nurse him anywhere and everywhere, so this was really convenient for me.
Now he's started being difficult....if he shows signs of hunger, I let him nurse. Usually, he starts off ok for about 1 minute or so, then he starts kicking his legs, pulling off to check out what's going on around him, etc. He will nurse for a maximum of about 5 minutes per side, but usually more like 3 minutes or so per side. He has a fit if I don't offer him the second side, but then he just has a quick snack (kicking the whole time) and then decides he's done. Thirty minutes later, he's demanding to nurse again - pulling at my shirt, screaming, etc. And then it starts all over again - quick snack, kicking the feet, pulling off all the time.
This makes for a not so pleasent nursing experience and also makes it difficult to get anything done (e.g. grocery shopping) since he is constantly demanding to nurse when we are out.
Any ideas on how to improve his NIP behaviour? I want to nip this in the bud as soon as I can. I do plan to nurse him past 1 year and I think that the older he gets, the less tolerant I will be of this type of antics when we are out (I'm really not interested in having a toddler that is constantly grabbing at my shirt in public and that is kicking his feet the whole time he is nursing).
P.S. He is still nursing fine at home, so I don't think it is an oversupply issue or anything.