Originally Posted by Irene Roxy
Thanks, yes, you're right I shouldn't worry yet. It's just that there's a possibility I might be going back to work in a few months and I'm thinking ahead...Also, I'll most likely wean Sam at 1 year, so I don't know if the communication will flow as easily as with a two-year-old. All that said, I'm not going to worry.
I've tried feeding Sam then pulling away gently when he seems about to sleep, but he wakes up and cries. Alternately, if I feed him before he's tired, then he just doesn't want to take a nap. Ever since he was born he'd fall asleep at the breast, so much so that it really wore me out in the beginning because he'd drink for a minute or 2 then fall asleep. It's just his way...
There are so many reasons to continue nursing past 1!! I hope you reconsider as time goes on. I don't know your reasons for thinking you'll try to wean then, but just know there are good reasons to keep going, and nursing during the 2nd year is NOTHING like nursing during the first.
That said, I know our babies are getting older, but have you been swaddling? DH said the other day, he just swaddled DS up and put him in the cosleeper. A few min later, DS was asleep! For 3 hours!! I nearly fainted b/c I've been nursing DS down for every nap since birth, as well.
Have you read the No Cry Sleep or Nap Solution? There is a whole section on the Pantley Pop Off. Basically, once your LO begins to flutter instead of nursing in big gulps, you gently break the seal and pop baby off. It might take one try, it might take 5 or 10. But the point is you do this so that they settle in your arms or on the bed NOT nursing. It can help in the long run. I highly recommend all of the No Cry books. There are always a few tips/tricks that work, even if the whole book doesn't seem to. I got so much out of the series. I'm reading the NO Cry Toddler Sleep book now, too.