Dd1 slept thru the night 3x at the end of last wk and now is back to her usual wakings. *sign* It was good while it lasted. Hopefully she will start again soon.
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12/8/06 at 12:10am
i've been lurking in the allergies section and "healing the gut tribe" threads; lots of crappy sleepers over there.
anybody here dealing with allergies?
Can I join?
I'm at my wits end with the rest of you. My 18 month old ds is on a bad sleeping kick that's lasted about 4 months now. It coincided with his molars starting to come in, and he's only got three of them (and 6 teeth besides that, so we have a LOT of teething left). I'm delirious. He eats plenty during the day, he wants to nurse near constantly at night. I don't mind nursing him during the night - it's the marathon "I'll scream if you remove your nipple from my mouth at any time" crap, and THE GROPING that drives me absolutely NUTS. He can. Not. Nurse. unless he is clawing at my other breast. I can't take it - the groping has been going on for almost a year. Seriously. I've tried every single trick in the book (and I had lots) to get him to stop, and it's impossible. So, night nursing keeps me 100% awake, fighting off his clawing, mauling hands. I get about 3 hrs a night, dh will not do (he wants me, and only me if I'm nursing him). I'm starting to resent night nursing (nursing AT ALL, even, especially when I'm completely empty and he's just gnawing on me), and that makes me sad on top of being infinitely tired.
There, feels good to just bitch about it.
#1What's the pantley pull off?
My strategies have been:
*wearing a tight fitting nursing tank to bed...this worked for about three days, until he figured out how to break into it.
*giving him the top breast and laying on the other (this resulted in him working diligently at getting his hand between the bed and my chest...the child is nothing if not tenacious).
*hand holding (works for 30 seconds)
*1001 variations of "gentle hands"...basically, when I try to keep him from groping, he gets MAD and tries to hit me instead. It feels like a lose/lose situation, you know? I'm all for "you're hurting mama/we're done", but that results in lots of crying and yelling and tantruming, and a lot of times in the middle of the night I cave and just lay there fuming letting him claw at me instead of dealing with the shrieking. And that's my fault, I need to just be consistant about not letting him nurse if he's doing that.
#2How long, in your opinion, should I keep him off before letting him try again, when he's doing that?
Thanks for the response.
it's hard to have dicipline associated with nursing, because you want it to be the warm safe haven of your relationship, not something that drives you crazy and filled with conflict.: