Dear Judy, I need a little advice, please. My son is almost 9 months old & has become very interested in what is going on in the room and won’t nurse. Any ideas for me? I don’t want to make it too quiet in the room because then he will never nurse anywhere with anything going on..right?
This is actually a very typical phase that babies go through at this age (generally around 8-10 months). They are suddenly much more aware of the world around them and they don’t want to miss out on anything. So even though they want to nurse, they are just too busy! What is a red ball goes by – they might miss it! So they can be very distracted. The first thing to keep in mind is that this is a phase and it will pass.
While he is going through this stage, it is best to try to nurse when there are fewer distractions. Take him into a quiet room and turn down the lights or even lie down. That way there won’t be anything to distract him. Don’t worry – it is unlikely that he will become “spoiled” by this. This phase will pass in a few weeks or a month and he will go back to nursing anytime. In the meantime, you may need to find quiet places. It is very rare for a baby to self-wean prior to age one – So don’t worry about that – he definitely isn’t done – just keep offering and try to find quieter places for now and before you know it – this phase will pass.
Did your baby go through a “distracted phase?” Do you have any tips or tricks for getting him to nurse during this time? Please share them by leaving a comment.