Using breast as pacifier at night? How to break?

Christie - posted on 11/15/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 7 months old today. He uses my breast to comfort him and pacify him at night. I don't know what to do. We have tried to sleep train him, and he literally screams bloody murder for 3 - 5 hours at a time. It's not the milk that he wants, it's the comfort. And it is taking a toll on me. Being a mother that works full time, I have finally just started giving into him and fall asleep with him on my breast in my bed. I need sleep! How do I break him of this? Any suggestions would be great!

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Lori - posted on 11/15/2013

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Breasts are made to comfort and pacify a baby as well as feed a baby. It's normal natural and healthy for your baby to use your breasts as both a source of nutrition and as a source of comfort.
Being a mom is tough, and an infant makes it hard to get a good nights sleep. I'd say, don't fight it. Nurse him to sleep. And when he wakes, nurse him back to sleep. At 7 months old he is not trying to manipulate you, he is trying to get his own NEEDS met. Sometime after his first birthday you could try some form of sleep training. Personally I'm a fan of Dr. Jay Gordon's sleep methods.
http://drjaygordon.com/attachment/sleepp...

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