I keep posting about this, but I'm really nervous and concerned, and it's affecting a lot of my life right now.
Baby will NOT nurse if there is too much noise in the house. And to him, too much noise could be the dog walking through the kitchen. It is unfair (and virtually impossible) to make DH and DD be MOTIONLESS and SILENT while they try to get ready for school/work.
I thought I'd found the solution by nursing DS as SOON as he woke up after any time of sleeping. Today, yet again, it was like the radar was on, and he KNEW they were "out there" eating breakfast. Of course, the dog was moving around in the kitchen, so DS was having NOTHING of the boob.
I'm frustrated b/c I want to go as long as I can with this, but he's not making it easy. So, here's what I did:
I tried 2 more times. Once after DH left for work - wouldn't nurse. Once after I got back from taking DD to school - wouldn't nurse (like, bucked off, etc.).
Because this has been an issue, I have some EBM in the fridge. I got that to room temp for him and put it in a cup (I'm thinking at 8 months, he shouldn't do a bottle??). He drank SOME of it, but mostly played with and chewed the cup. I gave him one cracker so I could move around the kitchen and get things done. I gave him MAYBE 5 small spoons of yogurt.
Then, I offered again. Wouldn't nurse. So, I followed the advice I'd gotten here and went to pump. He played on the floor for a while, and as soon as my letdown started, I turned off the pump, picked up DS, and tried to nurse him. He took a couple of "swigs," and then was done. Wouldn't even attempt the other side. I tried again - and NOPE.
So, I pumped some more (got 2oz each side), and then even offered AGAIN. He said NOPE.
We played a bit, and when he was ready to go to bed for a nap, I offered AGAIN. He emphatically and quite angrily said NO.
He's asleep now. I will offer and most likely nurse him when he wakes.
Anyone see a mistake I'm making? I'm open to anything. I'm willing to try, try, try. We've been really successful the last couple of days...
My DD was down to 3 total nursings at this age, so I'm baffled. I'm home and available, so I'm trying my best to give him as much as I can.
Sorry for the long post.