The first two months after Charis was born, I read at least 5 books while breastfeeding her-one John Grisham, one Jeffrey Archer, and I forget who the others were by. I thought, "This is great! I can always read while breastfeeding her." But, I was the one to have the last laugh. Once she started discovering the world around her, she got more and more distracted and a few months later started trying out for the baby gymnastics team.
When she first got distracted, I realized I had to put the books down and interact with her more. Sometimes it just meant holding her hand or letting her play with my hair. I also bought a Teething Bling necklace, which served two purposes:
- Allowing a teething, grumpy baby to chomp on.
- Allowing a distracted baby to play with.j
More time went by and when Charis was around 12 months, she started trying to do flips and cartwheels while nursing. When we were at home, I did not mind so much, but when we were out and about, I made sure to tuck at least one of her legs between my ribs and arm. It helped her remain calmer, and I was not as worried about having a passerby see something.
What did you do when breastfeeding a distracted baby?
How did you respond to nursing gymnastics?