doesnt know how to stop 6mth old using me as a dummy!

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 6mths old, i am breastfeeding and love it. though wat is upsetting me is that for 6 mths now i have slept with him every night just to get some sleep. I dont know how to put him to sleep without breastfeeding? and i dont know how to settle him through the night without breastfeeding, he wakes up a few times a night still screaming,and the only way to get him to fall asleep again is to put my boob in his mouth! If anyone has any suggestions id love to hear them :-) and he hates the dummy!

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Jessica - posted on 09/17/2010

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thanx for the comments, i have just put him in his own room,on a good night he will sleep 6pm -midnight, i dont no if thats a good sleep or not,but because im not going to bed a 6pm i feel like im still not getting enough sleep,then he might sleep till 3am then 6am,he needs to be wrapped or he'll wake up crying.not sure if hes waking coz hes hungry or he is lonely?started feeding him cerial and yogurt and puree fruit,he loves it thank goodness, gives me a break!i think he just thinks he needs a feed wen really its just a comfort thing.hope he grows out of it, my daughter felt like she was so much easier,just gave her the dummy and she slept thru

Krystal - posted on 09/16/2010

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Like Renee said feed him cereal and a jar of food. If that doesn't work try making sure that you bathe him before you BF for the night. Also make sure he is in his own room and if he cries its no big deal since he probably is just lonely. I would put a musical thing on his crib or even one of those that you hang above it to help him go to sleep.

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Do you feed him food yet? You might want to try feeding him cereal and a jar of food right before your bedtime BF. This might get him to sleep longer at night. When you say that you sleep with him, does that mean he is your bed or just in your room? My kids have always been in their own rooms so I could sleep. Otherwise I would be waking up to every little noise they made. You might want to try putting him to sleep in his own bed in his own room. Get a baby monitor and put one next to your bed so you can hear him if he wakes at night. He is learning that if he cries you will feed him...even if he is not hungry. My daughter is also 6 mos and will sleep about 6 hours straight, take a bottle then go back to bed for a few more hours. I will also leave her fuss in her crib for awhile and only go to her once she is actually crying. Some night she will just go back to bed after fussing and playing for awhile on her own. I also have a crib music box for her that she has learned how to turn on when she wakes up and it helps her fall back to sleep as well.

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