I'm new here (just joined today) so I hope I'm posting this in the right place! I'm an attachment parenting, co-sleeping mama to an EBF baby. My baby girl is almost 6-months-old and has been waking me up every hour to comfort nurse/suckle for awhile now. I want to fulfill her needs as much as possible so have always allowed her to comfort nurse during the night, but at about 4 months her need went from quietly nursing every few hours to waking me every hour for most the night (especially from midnight-6 am) and she is very desperate about it now (fussing, crying if I take too long getting her the breast, refusing any substitute soothing technique). I wanted to believe this was just a developmental phase since she started sitting up around the same time the problem began and has been blowing through milestones since then (rolling, becoming mobile, almost about to start crawling). But, it's been like this for almost 2 months now and I'm exhausted and am struggling to be my usual attentive, peppy self with her during the day. Rather than trying to work on getting her used to soothing other than the breast, I've been telling myself to hang in there because if it is developmental and she truly needs this much reassurance right now, then I don't want to deny her that and abandon her at a critical time. But, it's been going on awhile and I just don't know what to tell myself anymore or what to do or why it's happening. Sorry this is such a long post! Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks.
Are you nursing lying down? When my son was that age I nursed him throughout the night while lying on my side. Half the time, I didn't even wake up. I just wore something with really easy access and he found his way to it hehe. Just make it as easy as possible on yourself. Hang in there.
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