How do I get my 3 month old to nap without needing to breast feed?

Rachel - posted on 09/19/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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So during the day I cannot get my little one to breast feed without falling asleep. And if I try to put him down he wakes up and won't go back to sleep unless I breast feed him. It seems to be a vicious cycle I can't get out of!

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Dove - posted on 09/19/2012

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Will it help any if I tell you that he's perfectly normal? Many, many babies are just like that. They do grow out of it eventually. Hang in there! :)

Sally - posted on 09/21/2012

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That's how babies are designed. They're supposed to be physically attached to mom for at least most of their first year, sometimes longer. Pushing independence before they're ready only makes it take much longer. Get a comfy carrier so he can get the mommy time he needs, but you still have hands to get stuff done.

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Carlie - posted on 09/20/2012

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He' still super young, my daughter was nursed to sleep until after her first birthday, a little longer than I intended but it was such a great bonding experience. Cherish those moments, isn't it kins of cool knowing you're the only one who can get him to sleep? You are his confort :)

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Emma - posted on 09/25/2012

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My two learnt to self sooth from day 1, the key to any behavour. Sleep or feeding pattern is to establish it from birth to a month old, and by doing so elimates issues such as this, if ur realy concernd ask a health profesional they can giv u suport x

Emma - posted on 09/25/2012

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Im sorry but im against what the other mums say as ur breast is his food supply not a soother, u wouldnt stick a bottle in a bottle fed babies mouth when tired would u? Try other comforters i.e specialist breast dumy, blankets ect, its so hard to try and do things when ur lil one is constantly attachd, my youngest is terrible at a year old, but sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, what would u do if a family member were to hav them over night? U wouldnt tal them to nurse them or come running back aye? 1 of the most important and valueble lessons a young baby needs to learn is to self sooth, youl get ther just be head strong! X

Leslie - posted on 09/21/2012

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This is completely normal. My daughter is almost 13 months and still nurses for nap. Your son needs that time for nourishment, bonding, and comfort. Also, at 3 months, MOST babies goes through a growth spurt.

DeAnn - posted on 09/19/2012

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Both of my kids were like that. I got a sling so if I fell asleep while nursing in the recliner I wouldn't have to worry about my baby falling out of my arms.

Jenna - posted on 09/19/2012

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That sounds very typical for a baby of his age. I know it's tough, but hang in there mama. The best thing to do at this age is to feed on demand. The natural cycle tends to be eat, sleep, play. Don't let anyone make you feel as though you nursing your infant to sleep is a bad habit at this point, it's not at all. I would just go ahead and nurse him to sleep for now.

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