I enjoy sharing my breast with my BoobeeBear but recently he went through a stage of enjoying it on too frequent an occasion. Every time I sat down he would take that as an invitation to ‘have a quick one’.
Now, I enjoy a breastfeed as much as the next person, but I do occasionally need to wash a dish or eat. ‘Wear a tight turtle neck’ I hear you say, ‘just don’t sit down ‘ I hear you thinking. But my BoobeeBear is a healthy 18mnth old who never stops eating, so I know it’s out of habit rather than hunger.
I think I encouraged the habit by offering the breast at the slightest suggestion of a cry, when he was happy, sad, playing, half asleep, so I know this habit was my own doing. However, it became so time consuming I actually considered giving up the sharing of my mummy milk, just to have have a few minutes of the day where a child was not hanging from one of my appendages, but I knew I would regret it so that idea was short lived.
My solution was to try distraction techniques to reduce the number of feeds he had throughout the day. I kept a very short diary of how it went.
DAY 1. I was ready for the challenge. I had on a jumper, and had a snack (for him not me) to hand. Let’s just say it didn’t work, he promptly ate the breadstick. ..then tried to retrieve mummy milk atop my jumper.
DAY 2. Lessons had been learned (as a politician would say) from the previous days attempts. I armed myself with a jumper, a snack…and a toy. I was sure this was the winning combination. Needless to say he ate the snack (raisins) whilst playing with his toy (his car he loves making brum brum sounds) then he had the Boobee.
I have decided that my need to clean the house, or visit the loo are selfish pursuits. My breasts belong to him after all (sorry dadda), so who am I to ration his milk supply anyway? ?
Now he is 19months (and throwing tantrums like he’s 2) but slowly started to have less Boobee completely on his own. He even brings me a cushion to rest my arm so at least I’m comfortable for my troubles…what a thoughtful BoobeeBear he is growing into.
We all have breastfeeding stories, I’d love to hear what distraction techniques you have used to reduce your breastfeeds during the day or night?