I’m no baby expert but I think my little man has entered a new phase…A phase I’m going to call the “hey I’m hungry but I’m not going to pay attention to that; instead I’m going to pull away 5 million times to see what else is going on” phase.
So, since August is National Breastfeeding Month, I thought I would spend some time on this.
I have had a few breastfeeding struggles along the way but this is a new one as I don’t really like the feeling of my nipple being pulled and stretched every time the kiddo sees something else that catches his attention while I’m trying to feed him. I’m not into that kinda thing I guess.
So I did the instinctual mom thing and Googled it.
Yup it’s a real phase that apparently starts around the 6 month mark.
So what are you going to do about it?
Well obviously first things first I’m going to complain about it on the internet.
Now that I have that out of my system, I’m going to try to create a nice distraction-free brestfeeding area.
What To Include In The Distraction-Free Zone
Well ya don’t want to include much…obvs.
But for real though I do have some things I want to look for or create when trying to make a nice place to nurse.
1. No TV!
One of the big problems I have now is that I usually just nurse Harrison wherever we are hanging out and a lot of times that means in the living room in front of the big screen. Who doesn’t get distracted by the newest episode of PLL?!
2. A secluded place
Another thing I looked for was an area where people weren’t going to be walking by or talking..especially when we have guests.
3. No distractions for Momma either
A nice stress free and relaxing space for me was something else I thought might help. Since day one I have felt like breastfeeding has been more work but maybe it’s time to use it as quiet time for both Harrison and for ME!
4. Soft lighting
Like I said right now I usually just nurse where ever, which is usually in our front living room which has a huge window (awesome) but I bet that can be a source of distract too. So I’m hoping to move away and find a place where we can have some soft light sources.
5. A place where I can pump, too
I am working on building up some extra milk supply and I set aside time every night before I go to bed to pump. But right now I pump in our bedroom and it’s sort of cramped and my closet mess tends to crowd out my breastfeeding area even more. So I am hoping this distraction free zone for nursing can also become a place to pump. Bonus of there is space to just store all of my pumping mess.
Getting in the zone
Once I have all my requirements in place I got to work on moving crap in our house all around. I try to do it when Brice is not at home so that way he doesn’t think I’m crazy. (He will probably have flashbacks to when I was pregnant and going through my crazy nesting phase)
I’m going to try out one space first that is close enough to where everyone hangs out, that way it’s not a chore to travel to our secret breastfeeding lair. But somewhere that isn’t right in all the action either. I picked a room that we rarely ever use but has some nice aesthetics.
Our dining room area has a fireplace, some dim overhead lights and a nice corner I could put a chair and some space to stash pumping stuff. So I figured this will suffice.
I’m hoping that this will help me and any of you create a distraction free nursing zone for this new phase we’re in. I also hope it helps me continue breastfeeding as I have had so many moments where I just feel like giving up, but that’s a subject all its own.
Fellow mommas have any of you had a similar struggle? How did you deal?
If you’re not a momma have you ever created a stress free and distractions free zone for yourself? What was important to include for you?
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