We continue our series, Breastfeeding Expectations, where we follow three breastfeeding moms through the children’s first year of life. At eight months, how do you deal with a distracted baby? Does a constantly distracted baby mean the baby is weaning herself from the breast? Plus, the challenges of pumping in the workplace. Do you feel boobytrapped? (more…)
Watching babies develop is so incredibly fun, but for the mama, can make things more difficult as your little ones become distracted when it’s time to nurse them. Inevitably, baby will discover that there is more to the world than just mama or, he is so busy mastering his new skills (like crawling right now). This can cause concerns for any mama, but there are things you can do to try and help.
Find a quiet place to nurse baby. While in theory, this is a great idea, it isn’t always possible. Having a 2 year old to keep an eye on means not leaving the room to go nurse baby quietly. And, well, that 2 year old sister is usually the distraction! If however, this does work, finding a quiet, dark place to feed baby may be all that you need to help him stay focused. (more…)
When I hear other new mothers talk about breastfeeding, they often say things like “I just love gazing endlessly into my baby’s eyes,” or “It’s such a wonderful way for us to bond.” I usually smile and nod in knowing agreement, all of us aglow with the joy of being an Attentive Mommy, but on the inside I feel a wave of shame wash over me because that is not at all how it goes down at my house. There are no Madonna and Child loving gazes here. See, I have a confession to make: I am not an Attentive Mommy…I am a Distracted Mommy. (more…)