I'm having trouble feeding my DS on the go. Whenever we go out somewhere he gets so distracted/overwhelmed by his surroundings that he can't focus on eating and only takes a sip or so before popping off. He sometimes fusses all the way home and then finally has a good feed once we're back home although it can take a bit for him to settle even then. I've heard that getting distracted during feedings is typical around four months, but he's been like this pretty much from the start. It is upsetting to see him getting so hungry when we're out somewhere when I'm perfectly willing to feed him in public. I've tried feeding him in the car before heading home, but he likes to stare out windows and the car has lots of them! I tried using a cover once when we were at home to see if it would help him focus but he screamed at it. He often gets distracted at home even when we're alone in a dark room too, so I've generally tried to make up for it by increasing his night feedings, which do go smoothly. He also nurses well when he's gearing up for sleep. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that it takes considerable effort to feed him at home and is nearly impossible when we're out. Sometimes he is distracted peacefully and sometimes he is fussy, but either way he's often hard to feed and then he gets really hungry.
Additionally, he won't nurse in a baby carrier. I have tried the following types: Kozy (a mei tai carrier), Baby K'tan, and the Ergo carrier. He's rarely content in a carrier for more than a minute or so if at all, although he is perfectly happy to be carried by hand all day long, perhaps because this gives him more freedom to squirm. When I put him in the carrier, he generally keeps his head turned to the side (his ear towards my breast) and fusses like he really wants to nurse but does not turn his mouth towards my breast to feed although he has room to do so. Then when I take him out he eats hungrily.
I have no concerns about his weight/growth since he's quite big and strong, but it's been really hard taking him places to get things done or socialize and it's also hard to get things done around the house when he wants to nurse and be held but not in a carrier. He's quite active, has been rolling over since he was six weeks old and is now eager to crawl and can even crawl a few inches if given the time. It's great that he's so interested in the world, but I'd love for him to occasionally relax a bit and eat too!
I'd love to get some advice on dealing with this phase or at least some reassurance from someone who has gotten through this.