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#1 of 4 Old 03-18-2007, 05:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My son is eight months and has been on solids for two months, mostly fruits and vegetables, a little meat and tofu – no grains yet. He eats about 3 servings of solids a day, no more than the size of his fist usually. In the past month he has started crawling everywhere and has become a really busy little guy. In addition he is getting his top two teeth, almost completely in.

The problem is that since all of this has started it has been really difficult to get him to nurse during the day. He often seems too distracted and busy and will nurse for just a few moments. I try to take him to a less stimulating environment as much as possible but I do watch another baby who is 10 months old so it can be difficult.

He will however nurse at night, ALL night. Sometimes he is getting up every 30-60 minutes. He used to nurse just two times at night usually 1 am and 5 am and then sleep until 7 or 8. Now he often wakes up an hour after I put him down and won’t go back down until I nurse him and then I often go to bed with him (we co-sleep).

I am wondering if this is just a stage or is there something I could/should be doing to encourage him to nurse more during the day. I am ok with the sleep interruptions short term but don’t think I could go on like this the rest of our time together nursing. I also wonder if it is ok for his sleep to be interrupted so often. He seems crankier lately and more difficult to settle down to get to sleep. It is also making it really difficult to use cloth diapers at night without changes and therefore more sleep disruption.

Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated.
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This is pretty typical for this age. They are just so into what's going on around them that they just get way too distracted for nursing. It can be very hard on the sleeping situation though. Your best bet would be to try and offer to nurse before you give him solids, and go to a dark, quiet room, or get a nursing necklace. You want to avoid things that will distract. I would also just try to offer a lot during the day. Even if he nurses just a few minutes, it will still help. HTH!
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Mine does the same thing... it is exhausting! He is almost 19 months old and barely drinks 6-7 ozs of EBM at daycare. It is at night that he gets most of his nurtitional (and emotional) needs met.
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you could check out a nursing necklace...Good luck!
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