My baby is 7.5 months old. We exclusively breastfed until a little past 6 months when we introduced solids. He continues to have breastmilk as his primary source of nutrition. We RARELY used a bottle until about a month ago when I returned to work. I'm able to come home to feed him most of the time, so he really only gets EBM (by bottle) 2-3 times per week.
My problem/question: he absolutely will NOT breastfeed in public, even in our living room. The only place I can get him to take a feed is in our dark, quiet bedroom. He won't nurse well there if the light is on. He is just too distractible and active (wants to roll away and crawl away and play). This has been a problem for months (literally) but I hoped it was a phase. It doesn't seem to be. Most of the time, it isn't a problem and we can be home to feed but he still eats quite frequently and this really limits our ability to go out and do things. My husband and I would like to get back into doing some hiking but I am apprehensive about this as I don't think he'd actually eat and don't know what we'd do being gone the whole day.
Does anyone have any advice at all to help him settle in to nursing in other settings? I have tried covering with a blanket, but that just makes him angry and in the few cases that he remains calm, he still just looks around and plays with the cover. I've tried walking and nursing too and that is not effective.