daughter only sleeps on breast!!

Leslie - posted on 02/27/2014 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'd appreciate feedback from moms who have been through this situation. How did you deal with the situation? Thanks in advance. Leslie

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Ekaterina - posted on 02/27/2014

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Hi Leslie,
My son is 10 months and also falls asleep only on the breast when it's me to put him to sleep. With daddy he just sticks his head in daddy's elbow and they bounce:) we have co-slept the whole time and he searches for the breast couple times through the night. Sometimes it feels exhausting too, but I can't agree with you about the "bad habit" thing. I believe that weening should happen naturally for mom and baby at a time that is individually good for them. For some BF goes until 2,3 or even more years, with no harm for the baby's behaviour. If you are at your limit it is a good reason enough for you, if you are clearly struggling!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/27/2014

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Well, your daughter is clearly pacifying...meaning your are her comfort.

I honestly had a hard time with it, and had to force ween her at 15 months. I was never getting more than 3-4 hours of sleep per night for 15 months, and I was on the verge of cracking. I wish I could tell you it was pleasant, but in retrospect, neither she nor I was ready to have her ween.

I eventually was able to get her to sleep by rocking her...but she didn't start falling asleep on her own until she was about 3 or older. She has never been a fantastic sleeper. She is turning 4 in April, and bed time is still difficult. I truly just think it is her personality, and has nothing to do with anything else at this point. But I do wish I had lasted longer on breastfeeding, cause quite frankly it did not fix the sleeping issue.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/27/2014

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Well, probably need more information. Like, how old is the baby, how often are you feeding, and are you ok with co-sleeping.

My daughter would only sleep on the breast also. This was for 15 months. There are many different ways of dealing with this. Just need to know more information. Do you use a dummy? Are you sleeping while she is sleeping? ETC.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/02/2014

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Duh Sophie, your advice borders on abuse. Duh....you are rude, and are going to raise rude children with your rude tactics of making them feel abandoned by you...duh. Duh, a 15 month old does not need to be punished, they need to be nurtured and know the parents are their for them...DUH!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/27/2014

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I personally hate CIO and did not use it. I rocked with her, sang with her, and cried with her.

Don't think of it as a bad habit, think of it as her way of self soothing.....just extended to your breast instead of her hand.

Either way, good luck to you both.

Leslie - posted on 02/27/2014

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Thanks for your honest opinion. I will keep trying the rocking singing etc. I just don't want it to continue after the age of 2 cuz then it will just become a bad habit im afraid. I've tried letting her cry it out etc. Forcing to ween seems like the only way out

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/27/2014

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I know I probably didn't help much, but wanted to let you know that you are not alone.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/27/2014

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In the long run, you are the mom. You need to decide how long you want to breastfeed. No doctor should be telling you what to do or how long or how short you should bf'd. I know some mothers solely feed at night, and have completely weened their kids off the day time breast. Some kids just need that extra comfort. Do what you need to do to keep your sanity and feel like you are doing the right thing for you both.

Leslie - posted on 02/27/2014

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Thanks for your quick reply. She is 18 months wont take pacifier and we are fine with co sleeping as it seems the only sane way for now. How did your daughter sleep after 15 mos? My daughter refuses to sleep if I just cuddle or sing etc and this is very frustrating as you probably already know. We sleep together through the night with a few wakes of her looking for the breast again and then she isfasyt asleep. My doctor advised to breastfeed till 2 yrs which makes the situation even harder.

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