Baby uses nipple as her pacifier and cries when I unlatch her after she's been comfort sucking for a while

Kyah - posted on 12/02/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Ever since my daughter cut her first tooth at 5 months she has a hard time staying asleep unless she is latched! She falls asleep on the breast for most naps and proceeds to comfort suck. When I unlatch her she wakes and opens her mouth again searching for my nipple. We tried giving her a pacifier early on but she just spit it out and didn't want anything to do with it. Now for the past two months it is tricky to unlatch her so I can go put her in her crib and get stuff done! Any advice?! I so desperately want to get her napping better and her night sleep has changed since she started doing this too. :(

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Amanda - posted on 12/02/2012

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Watch her closely there is a point where she is fully asleep but has not been asleep for to long latched on. do not unlatch her just start leaning away from her slowly letting your nipple slip out stay near her mouth then her face until you can just hold her then slide her down into where ever you where sitting so its still warm and smells like you, you could also take the shirt you are wearing off and put it on her. Another Idea is get a baby carrier that you can comfortably nurse in and just let her nurse when ever she wants for as long as she wants and you can just go about your daily life getting stuff done. She'll be happy and your home will stay the way you want. Even though it might seem hard right now just know she'll grow out of it and you'll miss this time when all she wanted was to be with you.

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