Can someone counsel me on the right thing to do?
DS is almost 8 months old. He's a happy boy, meeting all of his milestones, etc. He's also so SUPER distracted at feedings that he would rather forego a nursing session to explore the world. This would be fine if he weren't such a peanut (he is 17 pounds at almost 8 mo) and if he wasn't trying to make up for the missed daytime nursings with a series of constant night-time nursing. (I work full time and being up all night can't happen.)
I am confused and stressed about what to do. The lack of daytime nursing when he wakes up, when I get home, and on weekends has sent my supply into dangerously low territory. Of course he still wants a bottle when I am at work; for some reason bottles are OK, where the breast is a nuisance that stands between him and something fun. But I am barely able to produce enough to get him through the day when I am working.
I've tried all of the remedies for distractability - dark, quiet room, etc. None of that has helped. Should I stop trying to breastfeed on the weekends and evenings and just pump instead so I can give him a bottle? I am concerned that his weight will suffer if he continues to forego the feedings at the breast and the more my supply tanks due to his lack of nursing, the more stressed I am feeling.
I know the bottle probably isn't the right answer, but it's the only solution I've come up with that gets him to eat, which in turn makes me a little less anxious. But I also know that, long term, it will ruin our breastfeeding relationship. So I need some words of wisdom.