funny nursing habits

Rhonda - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter has taken recently to pulling off the boob to laugh and smile at me or to see what's on TV and then she will go back for about 10 seconds and then do it again. Any suggestions on how to keep her focus on eating?

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Amber - posted on 05/22/2009

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My girl is doing the same thing! I find going to her nursery and nursing in the rocker with no distractions really helps. If she does it a LOT, then I take her off and save the meal for later when she is a bit hungrier and less likely to fiddle around.

Kristy - posted on 05/22/2009

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It is perfectly normal. When my son does it I put the milk supply away until he is hungry enough to eat without playing games. When he is playing games like that I know he is not hungry enough to keep the attention on eating. I also have a 2 year old so I do not have the time to play those games with him. It is their way of telling you that they are just not hungry enough to focus. They are definitely not going to allow you to starve them. She will come through loud and clear when she is really ready to eat.

Rosanne - posted on 05/22/2009

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It's a perfectly normal (and annoying habit) I can tell you that much. In the early months nursing was the most important thing in my daughters world, fireworks could have been going on around her and she wouldn't have noticed, then at around 6 months she realized that there were things going on around her, she'd nurse, stop, look around, go back to nursing, stop smile at me and go back. Meanwhile I had milk going everywhere! It did calm down after a while and usually it's no problem to feed her during the day when it's just me and her, though sometimes I have to turn off the TV because any big change in sound, like a song on a commercial grabs her attention. Feeding her when we're somewhere else, like visiting my mom, is nearly impossible because she's just too excited to lay still.

So just try to minimize distractions: turn off the TV or anything else that might interest her, you may have to go sit in a quiet room or send people away while you nurse her.

Martha - posted on 05/22/2009

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Go to a quiet room, or if you have more than one child to watch, put a blanket over her head. I've also heard of nursing necklaces that would give her something to occupy her hands and eyes and keep her head turned in the right direction.

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