My 6 month old will only fall asleep at the breast! HELP

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I got into a bad habit of letting my son fall asleep with me on the bed. I moved home to my parents house when he was 2.5 months. I felt so guilty when he would cry all hours of the night. Now he is 6 months old, and it has only gotten worse. Not only does he have to fall asleep at the breast, he wakes up all the time and wont go to sleep on his own. I tried the cry it out solution when my parents went on vacay. He can fall asleep good when he goes to bed, but wakes up at 3am. Since I am a single parent, I dont have the energy at that time to fight him. He always wins. So the crying it out solution isn't working. I need to change this bad habit so we can both get a good night sleep. Does anyone have any advice on how to approach this? Even if it is dones in steps. My long term goal is to get him into his crib but getting him to sleep on his own is more important to me know. Thanks!

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Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2011

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You should read the book the No-Cry Sleep Solution. That book teaches you how to help your little one learn to fall asleep on their own and how to self soothe when the wake up in the middle of the night. Good luck!!! You're doing a great job.

Renee - posted on 02/26/2011

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I'm having the same problem with my baby girl. Her father works 3rd shift so i found it easier to just have her bed with me and i could just have my boob there for whenever she wanted it. Now though it's shown. she only sleeps on me with the boob even for naps. I move her and she wakes up. Completely has killed our sex life! We are starting her transition to her crib now. We looked it up and there is this method but the first few days are going to be pretty hard on the both of you. let him fall asleep on your boob the way she always does. then sit with him with your arm right next to him bringing it out as the time goes by. when he cries just touch her letting her know your there. it can go for awhile but its worth it in the long run. it should be easier as the time goes on. the first week or 2 she will wake up for that 3am feeding but when he gets used to you not being there he starts to sleep through the night. I always need noise in the back round to sleep we moved from a city to a much quieter place so we have music on all the time, try playing that for him. or put a shirt, your pillow case something that has your smell and his smell on it , it may comfort him. go to www.babycenter.com ask that question and a bunch of dr. methods pop up. that was one of them

Jennifer - posted on 02/07/2011

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No he wakes up all the time. Usually starting at 3am, and from then on he constantly wakes up needs my breast. Its not to feed, he needs it for the comfort. Thanks for the ideas about reading out loud to him. It might be helpful for him to hear noise. It might be too quiet for him to sleep. I will definatly try that!

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I tried the CIO method too but it never worked for me. What I do most nights is Camping Out. I stay in the room until he falls asleep. not necessarily paying any attention to him but just shhhhing him if he starts to whinge, or even reading out loud so he can hear my voice.

As for the 3am wake up, when you find out let me know! haha. I often feed my little man around then, and then he is good until 6am. Is it just the one night feed and wake you give him at 3am?

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