Sherree - posted on 03/11/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )
The common school of thought now-a-days seems to be to put the baby in the crib while still awake so they learn on their own how to fall asleep. This was never the way my parents did it. They co-slept with their 5 children and my Mom breastfed us on demand during the night. So if I ask her how long it took for us to learn to sleep through the night, she shrugs and said she has no idea because it was never an issue. If we woke up and wanted to latch on, she would roll on her side and keep sleeping and feed us. She said it worked out so well for her that way, she was never tired and we never woke up crying in the night.
Now I'm not co-sleeping mostly because my husband isn't happy with that idea. But I am breast feeding my daughter to sleep every night and laying her down only when she's solidly asleep. Whenever she wakes, I go back into her room and breastfeed her back to sleep.
I feel oddly guilty about this since all the books and all the mothers I know seem to be able to put their babies down in their cribs awake. It seems like the only accepted ideas are the cosleeping one and the put them in the crib awake one. Why is everyone so negative about feeding them to sleep (letting them fall asleep at the breast)? I mean, I know the reasoning, but I guess I just wanted to know if anyone else is doing it. I argue that it's natural. I don't have any crying at bedtime - she's happy. It takes a lot of my time, but she's worth it.