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5 Ways to Help a Distracted Nursing Baby

I thought I had it all figured out. I’ve boasted several times about my nursing experience with Avery and how easy it has been. That was until a couple of months ago when Avery decided that there were far more interesting things going on in the world around her rather than to sit with me and nurse. Unfortunately that has caused my supply to diminish and her to get a lack of resources and nurtrients that she needs.

Although Avery’s GI doctor told me to exclusively pump to make sure that she is getting an adequate amount of breast milk, I am not giving up on our breastfeeding journey just yet. I am doing so many things to get my milk supply back up and am determined to make it work for both of us.

Before I go to exclusively pumping, I am going to try to do what I can to help Avery get more focused during our nursing sessions. Avery is a very active baby and always wants to be in on the action going on everywhere. In the past week since we’ve discovered that she isn’t gaining enough weight, I’ve done so many things to try to keep her less distracted during our sessions. Although we are not completely back to what we used to be, I have noticed that she is nursing for a longer amount of time without unlatching than she usually does. Here are the five things that have helped me with nursing Avery and to help her be less distracted:

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  • Nurse as Soon as She Wakes Up 1 of 5
    Nurse as Soon as She Wakes Up
    I always try to get in a good nursing session as soon as Avery wakes up in the morning or from her naps. She is still a little bit drowsy from her nap and is much more likely to be calm. This has helped up tremendously because she is nursing for a much longer period of time. It's much for relaxing for both of us.
  • Find a Quiet Area 2 of 5
    Find a Quiet Area
    Our apartment is small and with a three year old running around, it's very easily for Avery is get distracted and entertained by something other than nursing. I've found that if I bring her into my room then she is less likely to find something or someone to distract her.
  • Maintain Eye Contact 3 of 5
    Maintain Eye Contact
    I used to think that avoiding eye contact with Avery would help her stay more in tune with nursing. Every time that I would look at her she would stop nursing and try to "talk" to me. Apparently I was wrong because rather than her trying to find something the room to keep her attention, her attention is now on me.
  • Sing to Her 4 of 5
    Sing to Her
    I want Avery's attention to be solely on me when we are nursing. I find that if I speak to her in a soft tone or sing to her, she is looking at me and I am keeping her attention. She's been latching on longer if I sing to her than if I am just looking at her.
  • Try Different Positions 5 of 5
    Try Different Positions
    Avery is super wiggly when we nurse. So much so that by the time we are finished nursing, she is standing on my leg still latched on. Rather than doing our traditional way of nursing, I've started to switch it up a bit so that she isn't so bored. It's become a bit less mundane for both of us and she finds that it's less distracting with something new.

What helps keep your little one from being distracted while nursing?

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