Breastfeeding DURING Naps!

Shelly - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 8.5 month old daughter will only nap during the day if she's nursing. I know that at some point during each nap she has stopped nursing for milk and is just suckling for comfort. But the instant I remove my nipple from her mouth (after about 20mins) she wakes crying and won't go back to sleep. The only other way she sleeps during the day is in the car, stroller or baby carrier. Any suggestions on how to get her to sleep on her own WITHOUT using the cry-it-out method? (By the way, she sleeps fine on her own in the crib at night)

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Shelly - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter Melody will nap in the sling too, but she's getting heavy and I have trouble getting anything done with her in there - she won't even let me sit down without getting fussy! She's a high-need, strong-willed little girl! She's so young and already knows what she wants/needs!



I don't mind nursing her to sleep, I just wish I could leave her to nap on her own so I can have a bit of a break and maybe even wash the dishes!

Kim - posted on 03/09/2009

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My baby girl just turned 5 months old and will not nap on her own either. Most days I don't mind but somtimes it is not exactly convenient. She still nurses to sleep at bed time also. I can nurse her in a wrap or sling but they still aren't totally hands-free for me to do other things.



 

Allison - posted on 03/09/2009

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Can you wear her in a wrap or sling? I think they start sleeping on their own when they are ready. Sure, you could force it, train it, or what-have-you with using CIO, but honestly, when they are developmentally ready, they will sleep better and not need you so much.

My son napped either while nursing or in a mei tai (Kozy) until he was about a year old. I stated laying down with him in bed and nursing him to sleep, and trying to unlatch him. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. But then one day it did :-) He stayed asleep. Then I'd slowly move out of bed. Again, some days that worked and other days I had to stay there. He's 2 now and will nurse down for his nap (normally takes about 5 minutes for him to fall asleep) and then I can leave. He'll sleep about 45 min-1hr, then wake up. I'll go nurse him back to sleep and he normally sleeps for another 30 minutes or so. At night, though, he doesn't need to nurse to sleep or nurse back to sleep - it's just our naptime routine.

HTH!

Jaime - posted on 03/09/2009

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We lay her on her tummy with a paci (watching her the whole time of course) and she sleeps a long time.

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