We are planning to take a 2 week vacation in late February with our now 7 (then 9) month old, and I'm a little bit worried. He was a great nurser for the first three months but we've struggled a bit since then. Lately he's gotten more distractible and, on the weekends when I'm around to nurse him all day, will really only eat when he's very sleepy. During the week he is with a caregiver during the day as I work full time, and he eats EBM well from a bottle so I'm not as worried (he also weighs 20 lbs now at just over 7 months, so clearly something is going right). However, I'm worried about how we'll cope on our trip when ideally I would like to forego the bottle and just breast feed him. Will he eventually eat if he gets hungry enough? How do I deal with the distractibility? It is not really realistic for me to plan to be in a dark room every time I want to feed him. Does anyone have any other advice to cope with this? Should I just resign myself to these ultra-short (3-4 minute) feeding sessions for the duration of our trip?
I've thought about just trying to bottle feed him on the trip, but the other issue is he won't take a bottle from me. He'll take it from others, but with mommy, no way. Any advice on getting him to do so?
Thanks in advance for your help!