Saturday, August 8, 2009
My son is now 10 months old and for the last several months he has proven difficult to nurse at times. Some days he just lays like a little lamb with his sweet chubby fist grasping my shirt and his eyes closed, and other times he is so wild I feel like I'm nursing a crocodile (biting included....) I enjoy breastfeeding a lot and am reluctant to wean until he is a year old. For one thing, I'd rather not have to buy formula. For a second reason the AAP recommends nursing for at least a year. And finally - I just like it. (Though I am fully aware that breastfeeding doesn't work for many women, some can't do it, and some don't like it. That is perfectly fine - thank goodness for forumla right? :) You do what works for you and your baby).
So offer me some advice.... I NEED IT!
How often do you breastfeed your older baby (say 9-12 months)? I wonder if I'm feeding him too often and he just isn't hungry with all the solids he is getting; at the same time I want him to get the milk he needs.
How do you get your older baby to hold still while nursing? He pushes off the chair with his little feet, tries to grab anything within reach - including my face - and generally makes a menace of himself.
What do you do if your baby jerks his/her head around while nursing? (OUCH!) This one is super annoying... HELLO sweetheart, that is attached to me.
What do you do if your baby bites you while nursing? (Double OUCH!) This only happened once to me while feeding my daughter, but happens quite often with my son.
How do you keep your older baby latched on? He is always looking around, trying to touch my books, or trying to look at me and smile.
Any other suggestions for nursing older babies?
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Labels: Pregnancy and Nursing