Breastfeeding and co-sleeping problems

Ashley - posted on 03/16/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 11 month old daughter who will be 1 next month. I am currently breastfeeding and it has been going better than I expected. Only problem is due to lack of sleep I have been letting my little one (LO) sleep with me as it is a lot easier to get a ful nights sleep and not having to get up as often to breastfeed I can just feed her and doze back to sleep. This was working for about 2-3 months and now I feel like I've gotten into a habit I won't be able to break. I try putting her in her crib once she is completely asleep and Ashe either wakes up as soon as I put her in or she's up withing 10 minutes wide awake back at square one. I've tried lettin her cry it out thinking she will fall asleep on her own and that doesn't work, I can only listen to her cry for so long. Even during the day when she naps if she isn't on the boob she won't sleep and I'd really like to have some free hands sometimes. Also with the co sleeping my husband and I haven't been able to be as intimate as we used to and I don't want that to start issues as well. I feel like I'm fighting a loosing battle and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Any advice?

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Lana - posted on 04/09/2013

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hm... My daughter is exclusively breastfed and I co slept for about 3 months. Like your daughter she screamed the moment her back touched the crib. So we started allowing her to sleep in her carseat in the crib. After 2 months of sleeping there we took the car seat away and layed her on her tummy in her crib. We haven't had an issue since... Then again my baby has been a tummy sleeper since day one.

Angela - posted on 03/17/2013

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I feel for you. I'm on my fourth baby and have co slept every time. I don't have any tips for you as I have never tried to get them out of my bed until long after I am done nursing ( that's a challenge). I know how frustrating it can be to want a bit of freedom to do some of the things you mentioned. All I can tell you is that this time will one day be gone and you will miss it. You probably already know this. And I'm sure you already know how much your baby loves you and wants to be with you, and that they catch on to routine quickly. So once she has been put to sleep in her favorite place in the world (all snuggled beside you) she isn't going to give that up :) my suggestion is to remember " this too shall pass" and just enjoy this special time before its gone. I know that's not what you wanted to hear. No matter what, mommy needs to be happy so, good luck with whatever choices you make :)

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