Originally Posted by SnoozinSusan
My son is almost 10 months old, he falls asleep for naps & at night nursing.
I kept saying I would break the habit but I never have. We both love it & it works for us.
If you had to wean a child from nursing to sleep how did you do it?
I think I have to start
10 months old? That is so young. I am having the hardest time getting my 38 month old to go to sleep (he can drag out his routine for hours!) and sometimes wish I were still nursing him to sleep.
But I have to tell you, I felt the same way you do now, when he was 23 months old. My husband and I took a very gentle approach and slowly and gently nightweaned. I will not go into details here as there is a lot of controversy in general about nightweaning but I was tired of waking up 4-5 times every single night. Since then, he has been sleeping like a log for 9-10 hours at night. He also dayweaned all by himself at 35 months (I was in my 9th month of pregnancy by then and he was nursing once a day or so) and moved into his own bed at 36 months.
Now with a newborn, I am asking myself the same question, should I continue with this sleep association of "to fall asleep, I must breastfeed"? Even having gone through all this already, the answer is Yes, no doubt about it!
I refuse to see this as a sleep association or bad habit or whatever. This is my child and this is nature. And this is the shortest time that flies that you have with your precious child. Enjoy those breastfeeding moments - especially the ones that lead to blissful sleep!