How can I break my baby from nursing to sleep?

Ooashx3oo - posted on 07/13/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My exclusively breast fed 4 month old baby girl has become dependent on nursing to fall asleep. She has never accepted a pacifier of any of the 4 kinds I've tried. I try to lay her down when she is half drowsy as I have read through my searches. She buries her head on her mattress looking for my breast until she realizes I'm not there. Then she starts crying. I leave her for five minutes and she does not stop. I give in and nurse her to sleep. Its irritating at times to be a human pacifier. Any suggestions?

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Jessica - posted on 07/14/2011

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When I wanted Emma to sleep during the day I would put her in the swing. I had to stay out of sight, and she'd cry for a little bit (5 mins, maybe 10) until she succumbed to the lulling of the swing.

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Ooashx3oo - posted on 07/14/2011

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Good idea! I'm going to try that. I have a swing but haven't used it in a while. Kind of forgot about it.

Ooashx3oo - posted on 07/14/2011

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Thanks for the input. Its only a nuisance during the day. We co-sleep for the most part as well. I put her in the bassinet/co-sleeper when she first goes to sleep. If she stays asleep, she sleeps in there until an early morning feed. If she wakes up, at any time, we co-sleep the rest of the night/morning. My fiance thinks its too early to let her cry-it-out. I tried this past week and he couldn't take it past the first ten minutes. I explained that I'm going to comfort her for a moment after the first five, ten, then fifteen minutes. Shes just about 4 months. I would feel guilty any earlier because I wondered if she was still hungry (but I know shes only comfort nurses). I just started cereal so I figured once she got the hang of the cereal I would try to get her to sleep on her own. He still feels shes too young.

My biggest concern is for someone else to watch her. I start classes in August and he or someone else is going to have to watch her during the day. I wanted to try to get her used to sleeping on her on before then to make it easier on the person.

We do have a night time bath between 8-9 every night. She always wants to nurse soon after and she is not ready to go to sleep that early. She likes to feed and stay awake another hour or two then nurse to sleep.

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2011

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I'm not sure I have any suggestions, but I can commiserate. My first daughter nursed to sleep until she was over a year old. I finally had to just do some cry-it-out in order to get past it. She would go to sleep fine for other people when she was older and drinking from a cup and having solid foods, but when I was around it was always nurse to sleep. We actually co-slept since she was a constant nurser anyway. I know a lot of people don't like cry-it-out but it worked for me...not abandoning her in her crib, but letting her cry and going back in every few minutes etc. It was very hard on me. Luckily my second daughter goes to sleep on her own! Do you have a nighttme routine with bath, story, and all that? If you try nursing first, then the rest of the routine, she may start to recognise that it's sleeping time without nursing to sleep...just a thought! Good luck!

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