Hello mamas! There's a long back-story to this but I'll try to keep it short - DD started a weird thing at about 3 months where she would only nurse while asleep. I went back to work shortly thereafter so at this piont she's used to bottles during the day. Since then (she's 7 months old now), I've been able to successfully "dreamfeed" her generally twice during the night. The rest of the time it's mostly pumping and bottles. As she and her schedule changes (she's a good sleeper and I'm starting to think some of the dreamfeeds are intefering with her sleep), this morning I decided to skip my 6:30am pump and see if she'd nurse after she woke up in the morning.
She latched on just great and it would have been a good feeding but of course at this age babies are distractable and DS (3 years) was the distraction. I know the recommendation to nurse distractable babies would be to nurse in a dark, quiet boring place. Well, I've got about 90 minutes in the morning to get both kids up, dressed, fed, etc. (and all the chaos that goes along with that). I can't just shoo DS out of the room so I can nurse DD - I see him so little as it is with my work schedule. DD usually wakes up after DS but I don't want to wake DD up before DS so I can nurse her in peace. DH is usually still asleep or in the shower at this time so I don't have an extra pair of hands. I suppose I could try again on a weekend when we don't have anywhere to go and have more flexibility with our schedule.
How can I make this work? I'm just tired today and maybe that's why I'm feeling hopeless but I've tried so hard for the last 4 months to preserve what little nursing relationship we have and I'm trying to keep it going.
FWIW - she's gaining great, great diapers, and into very few solids. We don't co-sleep (it just doesn't work for us). My goal here is to try and and get her used to at least one nursing session during the day (like, upon waking) since it is starting to appear as though she doesn't need or want dreamfeeds. If I can keep her nursing, even just once a day....
Thanks! Sorry so long.