So, my son is almost 9 months old, and so far in life he has only got to sleep by nursing or being worn. This has never been much of a problem because my boyfriend and I didn't leave him with with anyone else, and I work very part-time so I have been able to nurse as much as he likes. Now, though, I am kicking my self for not helping him find other ways to fall asleep ... it's as though he believes that nursing/being worn are the only ways he can fall asleep.
At this point, I am not even interested in night weaning him. My priority is to put him down to bed, which is usually between 7-8, and then have some baby-free time until around 10-11. The challenge is that baby boy wakes up about every 30 minutes, sometimes less, unless I am in bed beside him. My partner can go in and lay with him to give me a break, but if DS wakes up fully then nursing is the only thing that will soothe him back to sleep We need help keeping him asleep for 2 hours straight in the evenings so that we can be together!! Even 1 hour straight would be great at this point!
I have read the "No-Cry Sleep Solution" and am (attempting) to apply the gentle pull out method in the book ... taking baby off the breast when his sucking changes from real sucking to just fluttery comfort/sleepy sucking. I do this when I am putting him down to bed. Generally I pull him off and he wakes up, roots, I put him back on, count to 10 (or 100) and then repeat. I put him down in the family bed when he is too sleepy to resist. I am wondering if anyone has experience with this method, or even just this situation? We have a solid bed time routine, as the book suggests, and we play soft music while he is sleeping in our room to help block out other noises. The lights are off and we have a baby monitor.
It is basically like DS knows I am not there, and will not sleep well until I am there. For the past 8 months I have just gone to bed with him, but now I am really needing some alone time in the evenings.
Any help/experiences are much appreciated!