Breastfeeding to sleep throughout the night

Danie - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Mom of a 15m toddler who has a habit of nursing to sleep. Despite a bedtime routine, she wouldn't stop nursing until she is fast asleep and still wakes up several times a night, sometimes 5-6 when teething. I don't want to wean her and am comfortable with day feed but for the nights, I wonder if there is really light at the end of the tunnel- if there is going to be a night when she will self-wean and doesn't need to suck so much to be pacified like a baby? I wonder if I am doing something wrong giving her the boob every time she cries as nothing else, not even a cuddle, patting or a song soothes her. It's on bad nights where I feel I am just a boob to her though I know it's not true.

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Jessie - posted on 10/20/2010

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will she take a pacifier? that's the reason I haven't gotten rid of Hale's pacifier yet because it gets him to sleep most times without me. i had to slowly alter his bedtime routine to get him to go down without falling asleep on the boob. that is the hardest part. I would just detach him and then give him a paci and read him a story and then a little bit of rocking and signing, then down in his bed still awakish.. not easy but it helped

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From what I've heard, babies lose their need to suck as much for comfort around 18mths. Not sure if it's true mine haven't reached that age yet

Lise - posted on 10/19/2010

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It's fine! That's what I do with my daughter, anyway, and there are night where she sleeps through, so it does happen.

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I posted something similar recently and didn't really get a response either - I guess where sleep is involved we are all pretty clueless! Anyway, my girl is almost 14 months old and like Lisa I am interested if or how it got better. You could be my light at the end of the tunnel!

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I know this was back in Feb but I was wondering how it was going? My baby is 16 months and does that same exact thing! I really know how it feels. Some nights I just feel like a pig and she is my piglet. Let me know if you found anything that worked or if she finally weaned herself from doing that. Thanks!

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