So distracted!

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Registered: 08-03-2008
So distracted!
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 3:10pm

My LO is 6 months old and I am having such a hard time getting him to eat. He is so interested in everything going on around him that he latches, sucks 3-4 times, pops off, looks around, laughs, comes back...and repeat. Even when we are in a quiet room ALONE he does the same thing. I have tried singing him a song to keep him on the breast, nursing necklaces, background noise, a small toy for him to hold

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 8:38pm
Ugh, that has got to be such a pain for you to deal with. Honestly, you're already trying all the things that I typically would have suggested. I would definitely still offer frequently and if the sessions you get for now are short, so be it. Hopefully this is a phase that he'll get over in his due time.

Some more resources on distractibility:

Hang in there!
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Registered: 08-02-2006
Sat, 03-19-2011 - 11:37pm

Hi, I have the same problem with my 6 month old. I also have an older child and that definitely adds to the distraction. I think in our case, he actually gets plenty of milk in a short period of time so a long nursing is not needed. Also, I know that (sadly) if he is really hungry then he will wake

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 4:31pm
When my oldest did this I found that allowing her nurse sitting up while facing me helped her a lot. She could look around a bit w/o unlatching. Essentially she would straddle my waist with her legs and then latch on. Not a great NIP position, but not bad for home.

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Registered: 08-09-2004
Tue, 03-22-2011 - 9:45am

I found with ds having something he could play with made all the difference - I invested in some

It made all the difference... for us, you can try anything to include a cloth diaper/toy your lo can play w/while you nurse

some times I just give ds the necklace and I don't even bother wearing it!