This is my first baby and I'm breast-feeding. I star.ted breast feeding, completely uninformed and had no clue what I was doing. Fortunately for me, my baby seems to be a natural and we have a good latch and schedule. I feed her on demand, but she seems to have a pretty good little schedule going. She is now 7 weeks old.
My problem is that she seems to only fall asleep while breast feeding and I'm at a loss at how to get her down without falling asleep at the nipple. One day I would like to go out and have daddy or a babysitter put her down. Does anyone have any tips for me? She does not take the paci, seems to love to suck on her hands and thumb when she can find it. DH works out of town, so I don't have the option of him rocking her to sleep, etc.
The last two nights (we just got over the 6 week growth spurt and home from a week of travelling, so our whole world was rocked), I've put her down when she is 3/4 asleep but she wakes up and starts furiously sucking on her hand and then cries shortly afterward, so I pick her up and offer her the breast again, in which she sucks good for about a minute and then she falls asleep and is barely sucking. I've tried sneaking my nipple out and a paci in, but that doesn't seem to work. I'm not down with CIO.
HELP! I really want to start healthy sleep habits soon. I realize that sometimes when she is not feeling well or is scared, that I may have to nurse her to sleep but I would like her to go to sleep on her own. (P.S. I'm thinking about transitioning her out of bassinet and to her crib in her own room very very soon as she is too big for her bassinet).