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Ok so I know all babies go through the distracted phase where they don't nurse as often, well DD is finally going through this. When I nurse her to sleep for naps or bedtime she does fine but any other time she is always pulling off and looking behind her or playing with my bra straps etc. I was just wondering when babes grow out of this? My boobs hurt from not being emptied as often! At least she's eating solids now so I know she's still getting nutrition, but I'd rather she still wanted to nurse as often, I miss it.
 

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Anyone?
 

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Some babes never grow out of it, but most do. My dd and yours are about the same age. Mine is terrible when I am talking or her siblings are talking or the cat walks by or...you get the idea. I don't know about yours, but mine takes the nightime to catch up on all the nursing that she misses due to being distracted in the daylight hours. It's okay with me because she co-sleeps and can get what she needs, while I get what I need! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Just keep offering it to her. You might try white noise or nursing in a dark and quiet room to get her to really pay attention and nurse.
 

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Yeah, DD uses the night to catch up too :p Not that I even remember most of the wakings, I love co-sleeping!!! I hope she grows out of it soon, I really miss those lovely calm nursing sessions during the day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I pretty much have to nurse my son in my bedroom with the lights off. A total sensory deprivation chamber. It's been that way since he was about four months old. Getting a bit better now, but it's been a struggle.
 

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I think I'll have to start doing the sensory depravation sessions now too. So how often should an almost 8 month old be nursing anyways? Maybe she's getting to the point where she doesn't need to nurse quite as much anymore? Obviously she is too young to be weaning but maybe she just doesn't need as much bm? I dunno, I am new to this!
 

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My 8 month old nurses every 3-5 hours during the day and several times overnight. As solids increase the need for bm is supposed to decrease, but for the first year, bm is the main source of nutrition. To be honest though, my lo seems to be nursing more not less as he gets bigger. He's started nursing for comfort too. But he is gradually becoming less fussy about where he eats and when he's sleepy will nurse in the living room with the family.
 
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