Hello everyone. I have the fairly common problem of my 18 month old co-sleeping girl wanting to wake and nurse 5-6 times a night. I have been pregnant or nursing for 5 years and I am ready for some sleep. I love nursing her and would happily continue once or twice a night but it seems to be getting progressively worse instead of better. Our complicating factor is that if I don't nurse her and attempt to rock or cuddle or pat her back to sleep and she cries for more than a few minutes she will throw up. She has done this since she was tiny and I thought she would be growing out of it by now. She has a very easy gag reflex and the way to make a bad night worse is to be covered in throw up. I sometimes worry that there may be something wrong, but ultimately know that she is a health, strong girl with an easy gag reflex and she is OK. I feel like I have no options. My man will not help at nights because he has a dangerous job in which he has to be on his toes during the days. I feel like I am beginning to resent night nursing because I feel like I have no other option. I am amazed by my level of functioning despite being sleep deprived, but would like to break out of the zombiefied fog sometime soon. Has anyone else experienced this with their toddler? Suggestions? thanks.
No options with my 18 month old.
I wish I could post with advice -- but instead I'm posting to let you know I'm in the exact same boat, jolliges.
My nineteen-month-old son wakes multiple times a night to feed, and he's done it...for...forever. I'm so sleep-deprived it's amazing I haven't, you know, brewed oatmeal in the coffee maker or fed the cat the coffee beans, etc. (He also has this SUPER-annoying new habit in which, if he's not nursing, he wants to have one hand on my bare breast and play with my nipple until he falls asleep. If I stop him or cover myself, he throws a tantrum and wakes up.)
I am going to try the mattress-on-the-floor ideas for just the baby. He hates his crib and just seems to have a Jedi sense of when he's been placed in it, even if he's asleep.
I think he might sleep better if I wasn't right next to him. Thank you skycheattraffic! We are going to have to try this.