Sarah - posted on 01/01/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
I still breastfeed my daughter, and she eats solids (no formula). I also nurse her to sleep for her naps and for bed time. She also wakes up during the night on average 3-4 times in a night-- sometimes 2 times if I am really lucky, and sometimes up to 6 times-- like when she is cutting teeth (like now!!).
I am wondering for the other nursing mommies out there, if their babies still wake during the night and mostly insist on nursing as well, and how many times they wake up? Sometimes my daughter will fall back asleep on her own without nursing, but mostly she wants to nurse and will cry her "mama" cry that is her "I want my mommy's boob" cry.
I find it so so tiring some nights when she is up a lot-- and I refuse and am very against CIO. Everything with my training as an Early Childhood Educator and everything my gut tells me is against it-- so that is not an option ever.
And for those with older children that were nursed even as older infants, what have been your experiences with this?? Did they self wean, and how,or did you help wean them from night nursing??
I don't want to wean my daughter from nursing, but it would be nice if she could nurse even 1-2 times in a night-- or not at all (I doubt that very much right now).
She also sleeps with me in my bed that last half of her sleep-- it has been the only way for me to get sleep really... so she does wake up to see me (I have read about babies waking up in their cribs crying because their parents are not there- so that does not apply with her).
I guess mostly I want to know if this is normal for babies that still nurse at this age, and if she will start doing it less or stop in the near future-- I am hoping it is the teething and milestones she is reaching right now too ( she has 2 teeth in and 3 cutting-- just started to crawl, babbles with consonants like crazy, and other developmental milestones-- I have read that babies can have disrupted sleep when they are reaching milestones as well).....thanks for any input!!