Emily - posted on 12/02/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
Hi mums. I have a 13-month old breastfed baby girl who wakes up every hour of the night and will only resettle if I put a boob in her mouth. I have not slept in over a year and am physically suffering because of chronic fatigue.
A little background: baby does not take any other form of milk at all but is actively weaned. She gets her dairy from sources like cheese, yogurt smoothies etc. She only breastfeeds before napping or going to bed at night. Otherwise I'm not feeding her, so my milk supply has fallen and adjusted accordingly.
I have followed Pantley's pull-out and it works so she can dislodge before sleeping. BUT SHE STILL WANTS THE BREAST AN HOUR LATER! Also, for the past 4 days, I've been trying to break the feed-sleep association by feeding her while sitting and then holding/rocking her to sleep before transferring her into the family bed. We're a co-sleeping family but now I want to shift her into her own cot.
MY PLAN is to transition along these lines: 1.feeding/rocking to sleep--> 2. feeding/no rocking, just holding--> 3. feeding/putting-down-while-awake-> 4. no feeding/putting-down-while-awake.
Is there something wrong with what I'm doing and do I need to change things? Will it work? Can I do something to get earlier results but without having to cry-it-out?
I need your thoughts desperately; I'm getting regular fevers because of fatigue now. My DH is a doctor and works long hours; I cannot ask him to pitch in much in the middle of the night as he has to get up and leave early too. Thanks.