I have a question regarding my 5 month old's nursing patterns and pacifier use.
He has been an awesome nurser from the start and usually still nurses every 2-3 hours throughout the day and every 2-4 hours overnight. We bed share and babywear a ton, but we also use a pacifier since he seems to have intense sucking needs that are not satisfied by being at my breast.
Lately it has been hard to breastfeed him while he is alert, I'm not sure if this is due to his age and the fact that he is so busy watching everything that is going on around him or if it may be the sign of impending problems. For now I have to be in a quiet space and let him suck on his pacifier until he is nice and calm and then I can transition him to the breast. Sometimes it seems that he prefers his pacifier to me and that breaks my heart, however I'm not sure what the best way to wean him from his pacifier is.
I am concerned because we will be starting with BLW around 6 months and I don't want that along with his preference for the pacifier to affect our nursing relationship. I am hoping to nurse into toddlerhood or beyond and would like any suggestions about how to continue to have a positive nursing relationship with my son after we start solids.
It would also be really nice to be able to nurse him wherever again instead of always having to find a quiet spot or go back to the car or go home. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Mama to Eero (February 2012)