The breastfeeding session can be a challenge to keep baby at breast long enough to accomplish a feeding. Limiting the distractions can help. Try going to a dark quiet room to breastfeed or try breastfeeding baby when he or she is sleepier. If baby is “too busy” to nurse enough during the day, try offering the breast more often at night or during nap times for a while. Spending more time doing skin to skin exposure or wearing baby in a sling can also help “remind” baby to nurse more often. If baby pulls away, but does not unlatch, be ready to break suction with a finger to prevent damage to the nipple.
I hope this advice will help you with this potentially frustrating period of breastfeeding so you can continue the nursing relationship until both of you are ready to wean.
For assistance with breastfeeding or questions feel free to contact the Freeman Lactation Office at 417.347.1067.