Advice needed RE: distracted eater
I've got a couple issues that I'm dealing with right now regarding my 6.5 month old daughter and could use some insight.
Background info, we've been EBF since birth, but we've used a nipple shield from birth to about 3.5 months (we finally had to go to the Newman Clinic to kick the habit). She's been doing well off the shield for the most part. We recently started introducing solids, homemade and whole foods. She really seems to be enjoying exploring the tastes and textures, so we're happy with that.
She currently weighs about 14.5 lbs (birth @ 7lb11oz)
Here's my first issue. I have a hard time keeping her on the breast for any significant length of time, it's been like this for the past month or so. She latches, waits for let down (which seems to be taking longer these days), sucks for a minute if I'm lucky, then wants to sit up and look around. I generally let her look around and then try to get her back on, she'll often go back on but only for a few seconds, then she's off and looking around. I'll switch sides to give her a change of scenery and she does the same. She rarely empties a breast anymore.
She is very easily distracted, so I try to keep the room quiet and minimize anything that might catch her attention while she's eating, all to no avail.
It seems the only time I can actually get a substantial feed is when she's tired.
My other issue is sleep related. She's recently outgrown her bassinet, so we decided that we wanted to try bedsharing with her. Up until now she had been sleeping through the night (since 6 weeks). Since bringing her into bed with us she's been waking several times per night and wants to feed, then seems to comfort suck long after she's back to sleep. My sleep has suffered greatly.
I've set up the pack and play and we now put her down in it, sleeping through is hit or miss now. When she wakes I often bring her into bed with us and feed her, and try to put her back in the pack and play so I don't spend the entire night as her pacifier (I wouldn't mind as much, but I find it hard to sleep in one position for too long, I'm kind of an active sleeper, constantly changing positions).
I kinda feel like I ruined her sleeping habits by bringing her into bed with us in the first place.
Is there anything I can do to a) get her to eat for longer periods during the day. And b) get her sleeping back on track.
Could the wonky eating during the day be affecting her sleeping at night?
Mommy to Ophelia
Born April 16 2011 after 2.5 yrs TTC