Breastfeeding A to Z

Distraction

Between 4-5 months of age, your baby may become easily distracted when they are eating.  Especially, during daytime hours.  This is because they are more aware of the world around them and much more interested in it.  You may notice if someone is talking they turn to watch them.  If you have a pet and they run through the room or make noise your baby turns to watch.  If you are watching television or listening to music they may attempt to turn to check it out.
If this happens you may find the first feeding in the morning and the last at night are the most consistent feedings of the day.  The rest of the day may feel like you hit and miss with eating.  Sometimes babies revert to eating more at night when they can concentrate on just eating.  This is to make up for the feedings they are half-hearted about during the day.  This change in pattern is not unusual.
If your baby’s “distraction” creates problems.  Consider breastfeeding in a darkened room or in a place with no TV or music playing at feeding time.  But reducing distractions in the daytime may not be possible.  Babies will not voluntarily starve, so they will eat more at those first and last feedings of the day, to make up any difference.