Distracted Nursing

My 7 month old daughter won’t stay focused when breastfeeding. She constantly pops off the breast and looks around and even plays and giggles. I’m concerned she won’t get full enough feedings. What can I do about this?

This is a common concern with babies around this age. They are very interested in learning about the world around them and it can make it difficult for them to focus on breastfeeding. They are learning new skills, such as sitting up and rolling over, so they will be interested in practicing those as well.

 

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Teething can also interfere with breastfeeding at this age. At seven months, a baby can drink quite a bit of milk in just a few minutes, so she is most likely still getting enough milk.

You might need to try breastfeeding in a quiet room away from distractions or when the baby is sleepy, like before and after naps. Breastfeeding while lying down can help too. As your baby matures, she will learn to breastfeed without being so distracted.

 

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SOURCE: https://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/distractible-baby/

https://lllusa.org/breastfeeding-your-distracted-baby/

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