Hi MoM, we have 2 gorgeous boys – our second just a few weeks old. Our 2 year old loves him dearly but insists on touching him and being very close at all times which is nice but I bit intense when it’s all the time. I am finding it hard to breastfeed as he always wants to be there, watching, touching the baby and jumping about. As it’s only me during the day it is hard to distract him with something else to get a feed in. Has anyone experienced this? Any tips on how to carefully handle this? I don’t want to discourage him from loving and caring for his little brother but would like him to not to be so ‘in his face’.

Posted by anon, 11/11/13

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  • Have you tried making special time with him or a treat time when you are feeding

  • Would love to know how you got on and weather it has changed now you have a toddler

  • I say admire the fact. I have 2 boys 2 and 5months and I wish his older brother was as loving. He will grow out of it in his own time.

  • I know he is a boy but maybe buy him a baby doll or a teddy and teach him to do the things that he can with it that you are doing, obviously he can’t breastfeed so give him an empty bottle to pretend to feed the teddy. Try reading to him a book that he chooses or give him a snack at the feed times that suits.
    Just make him feel he is involved as it could be just his way of not being left out

  • there are some good comments here

  • hows its going now ?

  • How is he going now?

  • Thank u for sharing this

  • Hope it’s all settled down now

  • Something new for him to see and touch. I’m sure he will eventually loose interest.

  • how is he going now?

  • I think get them involved in doing things like getting the nappies ready because after a feed bubs will need a new nappy and the like. hopefully will have settled down

  • How is he going now?

  • i hope it went well?

  • You could possibly get him his own ‘baby’ doll to look after? A friend did this, 2 year olds like to mimic and be involved, its precious though, just wait until they are brawling all the time..maybe take plenty of photos!

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