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Quick Tip #2 Keeping An Older Sibling Occupied Whilst you Breastfeed

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When you have more than one child, it can certainly be tricky business trying to balance breastfeeding without making an older sibling feel left out. In the early days, an older sibling will be curious and will likely enjoy sitting next to you whilst you breastfeed. However, as time goes on this curiosity can lead to boredom, and your breastfeeding time will likely be interjected with, 'Mummy, let's go play' and your time can feel very torn.

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A tip that was passed to me from a friend, was before the new baby comes along, to create a special box of little toys or crafts that you can get out for your older child to play with when you are trying to breastfeed. It doesn't have to cost much, or be that fancy, but your older child will enjoy having something special, something that is 'theirs' to play with whilst you are otherwise occupied. Puzzles, colouring in, small games and even play-doh work well as possible inclusions. This works well particularly with toddler/preschool aged kids.

What worked well for you when you were feeding your child, and had an older child to also occupy.

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