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Do you need to nurse to fall asleep?

post #1 of 8
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Sometimes we all go to sleep together and the boys nurse then, but sometimes the boys go early and dh and I stay up. On those nights when we do finally go to sleep, I almost always just lay there awake until someone gets up to nurse and then I can sleep.

Do any other moms have to nurse to sleep?
post #2 of 8
I remember when ds #2 learned to fall asleep without nursing it was hard for me to fall asleep for the first week or so. I guess our bodies get used to the prolactin : I think it is.

Anyway, you are not alone.
post #3 of 8
Littlebit has always nursed to sleep and then I have tohold him for a while and at nap time I nurse him to sleep and hol him the whole time or he will wake up.
I have been having a hard time with the fact that he was turning 3.And knowing that our nursing I am sure is going to come to a stop soon.He still nurses at least 10 times a day.But I know it will not last forever.
Well the other night he was really tired and he got in DH lap while I was on the computer and he went to sleep.I know most people would probably be real happy with that,but it broke my heart.HE went to sleep without me.I thought I was never going to go to sleep.The first time that my baby didn't need me to go to sleep.I wanted to cry.
I know I am crazy.I told DH when Littlebit is real sleepy tell me and bring him to me so I can nurse him to sleep.That is our time and I am not ready to give it up yet.
post #4 of 8
yep, I often can't sleep till DD wakes up for her next feed, I just lie there next to her waiting.... especially if DH isn't in bed yet.
post #5 of 8
I've always had a hard time falling to sleep ... except when Parker is nursing. I can fall almost instantly to sleep. The problem is, this is true almost everytime we nurse, so I feel tired a LOT!! I often just stay up until he wants to nurse again too, simply to save myself from the whole lying in bed trying to fall asleep part.
post #6 of 8
Nope, tested the question this morning.

I fell Right to sleep, then slept through my watch alarm.

DD woke me up just in time to help her get dressed for Grandma to pick her up for preschool.
post #7 of 8
I had to relearn how to fall asleep without nursing when ds2 weaned a couple of years ago

obviously another piece of proof that ebf is for the mother

maybe we should all be ferberised???
post #8 of 8
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Well once again I am relieved to come to Mothering to find I am not the only one

It's that first time that I actually have to nurse, in the middle of the night sometimes I lay there wide awake, but all it takes then is someone crying for nursing and suddenly I can't keep my eyes open. I am sure that is my conditioning! I guess I should be glad they wake up lots of times so that I don't have to long just laying there awake
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