My 3 month old daughter is nursing....she will not go to.sleep at night unless she is latched on to my boob.lol. Its like she uses it as a paci. Is this normal any suggestions?

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Savvy Mama - posted on 10/30/2011

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My older daughter was this way. My younger would take a paci sometimes. The easiest way I used for her was suck the paci for 5 seconds and then put it in her mouth. She is a thumb sucker also. (Have it on ultrasound too!)
For my oldest, she was this was until she weaned at 15 months. She wouldn't eat solids until she was about 10 months old, and then would nurse after. It was at about 12 months when she would start drinking milk from a sippee - and that was only chocolate milk. She drank juice willingly from a sippee, and water... Switching from breast to cows milk was the hardest with the older daughter...
My younger breastfed until 6 months old and then we put her on formula.
My sister's babies are the same way. She takes a nap with her baby and lays in bed with her at bedtime too for a bit. So, breast feeding, while it has MAJOR benefits for health and immune system, has its drawbacks, such as time consumption.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/30/2011

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Totally normal. It is a hard habit to break when they are older, but when you BF, you let off some sort of hormone that makes you and baby sleepy (cannot think of the name) I used to fall asleep with both my kids when I BF. When she is asleep, gently take your breast out of her mouth, and DO attempt to put her down...but do it when she is really out. Not when she first falls asleep.

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/30/2011

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Oh boy. That is EXACTLY how my daughter was. She NEVER took a paci or a bottle. Even pumped milk. I am a firm believer that if you are EVER wanting to introduce either, it needs to be introduced before 2 months old.

It is totally worth it. But yes, having them fall asleep and use you like a binky is a draw back.

Angel - posted on 10/30/2011

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Thanx you guys :-) i have tried giving her a paci several times but she refuses to take it...i have also tried pumping and giving it to her in a bottle but she wnt take that nipple either. I enjoy BF so its all worth it.♥

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/30/2011

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You can also start introducing a pacifier if she wakes up. It is a hard job BFing. It takes a lot of work, and definitely holds you hostage at times, but it is wonderful that you are doing it. It is very rewarding at the same time. Good luck! My daughter BF until she was 15 months, and my son BF until he was 7 1/2 months.

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I think it's more accurate to say babies use pacifiers like boobs. :)



P.S. Yes, it's normal. :)

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