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Mamas, I know it can be tough! There goes the cat! The TV made a noise! A leaf rustled outside! Aaanndddd there goes my let down, spraying everywhere except in my babies mouth 🙃
Your babies head constantly turning away erratically mid-feed, sometimes creating the ‘niplash’ effect if your nipple is still latched – ouch! Welcome to the ‘distractible baby’ phase of your breastfeeding journey!
This phase is one that can strike anytime from two months on as your little babe becomes increasingly interested and aware of the world around them. It can often be mistaken for babies wanting to wean – experts say however that very rarely will a baby self-wean under the age of 12 months. So, how do we cope with this somewhat adorable, but oh so frustrating phase?
Try feeding when your baby first wakes up, or is about to go to sleep.It is much easier to feed a sleepy baby in a quiet, dark room with no distractions than an alert, ready to explore one in a busy, bright room
All in all, keep at it if you are wanting to continue breastfeeding, like every other phase, it feels like it won’t, but it will pass. My babies soon found interest in breastfeeding again without distraction – cousins running around, feeding in public, pets coming in for snuggles – you name it, not bothered by it.
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