As naps become less frequent and your baby becomes more aware of the world around them, breastfeeding can get a bit trickier. Here you'll find some top tips for feeding your older and more easily distracted baby.
FeedGood tips for breastfeeding older babies
- At around 4-7 months old your baby's first tooth should make an appearance. This doesn't mean the end of breastfeeding, first teeth are at the front and should be covered by the tongue during feeding.
- By this stage, your baby may also have learnt to bite and may be beginning to enjoy the reaction it gets! If you can, try not to react too much - calmly remove your baby from the breast and say firmly "No biting". Biting won't be fun once they learn that biting means no smiles or attention from you.
- It's common for older babies to be more distracted as they start to become more aware of the world. To help them focus and calm, try breastfeeding while walking or rocking, or find a quiet place. If your baby pulls away without letting go, keep a finger ready to break the suction and avoid any damage to your nipple.
- Try to ignore other peoples' opinions - all that matters is breastfeeding your baby for as long as you can to give them the best start in life.