Bronwyn - posted on 01/07/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
My son is 10 months old and continues to wake up to nurse anywhere between 7 and 10 times per night. I know this is not due to hunger but rather a sleep association. I believe he thinks he needs to nurse in order to fall asleep, so every time he wakes even slightly during the night, he searches for my breast. If I do not offer it to him, he wakes up fully and begins to cry. The only way to get him to stop crying is to nurse him.
Furthermore, we co-sleep but I would like to move him into his own room soon. Needless to say, the excessive night wakings need to stop if we are sleeping separately. I am confused about how to proceed - it seems everyone (from my husband to my son's pediatrician to other mothers to my own mother) I speak to has a different opinion.
I have resisted any form of the Ferber method up until now, but now that my son is approaching a year I would like him to learn how to put himself to sleep. I think a good night's sleep would benefit my entire family!
Has anyone been in the same situation? If so, what did you do?