What should I do if my baby isn't interested in breastfeeding?

Q: What should I do if my 9-month-old baby has lost interest in breastfeeding?

A: There are a couple of reasons that this could be happening. First, your baby is becoming increasingly mobile and interested in the world around him. There are many things competing for his attention, and sitting on your lap facing you to nurse may not be as exciting as flexing his crawling muscles or checking out who's coming and going. And since your baby has been on solids for several months and is perhaps eating from the table by now, he may be filling up on these foods, so he's not as hungry for your breast milk. It's also possible that as your baby nurses less, your milk supply is going down, which in turn makes him less interested in nursing because he has to work harder to get anything. To keep nursing, find a quiet place where your baby won't become easily distracted. If you're not producing as much milk as you used to, drink more fluids and try to nurse more often. At mealtime, you might want to breastfeed first, then put baby in his high chair for his diced potatoes and chicken so he has a greater appetite for breast milk. --Kate Kelly

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