There are few things more frustrating than trying to nurse your baby and having them whip their head away from you to check out every noise. Except for when they also keep your nipple firmly planted in their mouth. There are some household objects you didn't realize distract your baby from breastfeeding, and once you know what they are, your nipple can get a break from being treated like a piece of taffy. (Insert collective ow here.)
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Tera Hamann tells Romper that sometimes you have to make adjustments to nurse your little one. "Sometimes you need a quiet, dark room to nurse when they are very distracted," she says. "It's easier to pump to protect your supply and offer it in cup while they are distracted. The flip side is that they may try to make up for missed feedings from distraction and have some sleepless nights."
I can personally attest to this. When my girl hit about 8 months, she was notorious for turning her head at absolutely everything in the room, with my breast still in her mouth. It was painful, it was frustrating, and it was incredibly annoying when she would unlatch to check out a sound on the TV before latching again and starting the cycle over. Basically, what used to be 15 minute nursing sessions took an hour or more some days as she explored the world around her. And Hamann is right — my daughter then woke up more at night where she would eat like she was starving in her dark, less stimulated room.
So what to do? Well, like Hamann says, you can pump during those distraction moments and just give them an open cup of milk so they can enjoy looking out the window and eating at their leisure. But if you don't want to make up for those distracted nursing sessions, head to a dark, quiet room. And look out for these five household items that could be more distracting than you realize.