It seems that every time I sit down to nurse Evie these days, she is distracted by ANYTHING!! I'm very proud that we have been able to continue breast feeding for this long, but I feel like it's getting more and more difficult every day. I'm sure that this is a combination of many things: the fact that I'm looking forward to weaning at 12 months, Evie enjoying feeding herself finger foods, and my hatred (that word is not too strong here) for pumping in order to keep my supply up.
In comparison to many others, we've had a fairly smooth journey through breast feeding. We didn't have any latch issues in the beginning, I only recently started having supply issues, and my body responded well to pumping, which made going back to work a lot easier. Our biggest bump in the road was her diagnosis with a dairy allergy at 4 weeks old. This Wisconsin girl gave up ALL dairy products for over 5 months. I checked every label and avoided anything that I even thought might contain milk products the whole time. At Evie's 6 month check up, her pediatrician gave me the ok to begin "cheating" to see how much she could handle. (Most babies outgrow the allergy/sensitivity by a year and I thinks she's pretty much over it now.) I just recently had my first slice of pizza last week...HEAVEN!!!
But I digress....lately Evie has been so much more interested in looking around the room, smiling at Daddy/Mommy/Doggy/Blank Space on the Wall to get in a reasonably good feeding. Even during the night, if I feed her I have to keep the house completely quiet or she won't fall back asleep. (I used to use overnight feedings to catch up on DVRed TV shows...ha ha ha!)
I've read about other people experiencing distraction while nursing, but I never thought that it would be this bad. I know that as we get closer to weaning, this will probably happen even more. Evie is just more ready for it than me, I guess. Hopefully the next 6 weeks of nursing are mostly as pleasant as our overall experience has been. Even though I look forward to wearing real bras, eating/drinking whatever I want, and owning my own body again, I know I'm going to miss this.