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Old 08-10-2010, 02:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 18 Month Old DD over the past couple of weeks has developed a new pattern. From about 10 months up until about a month ago, I was able to put her down awake (most nights) and she would go to sleep without fussing. Over the past couple of weeks she suddenly increased her nursing frequency from 4-6 times per day (including nighttime) to 10-20 times per day (like a new born). She is going down for naps and bedtime for everyone else but me. I am not sure what I should do, or if I just need to ride out this phase. But if she doesn't fall asleep nursing, or hasn't been asleep long enough at the breast before I put her down she instantly sits up and cries and says and signs "nurse". So, I have to get my hubby to come in, she lays down instantly and goes to sleep without a fuss. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful that she is going to sleep for others, but it is frustrating and makes it hard on nights and naptimes when hubby isn't around! Any suggestions?

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Old 08-10-2010, 05:15 PM
 
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mmm sounds like teeth or developmental (separation anxiety) to me if she's changed her daytime behavior too. I'd try motrin one night and see if she did better (then it's teeth), otherwise it might sadly be one just to ride out. But I'm no good of an example, she goes to sleep _every_ night but two of her life (one wedding, one mommy was puking constantly from a stomach bug) nursing beforehand, but not to sleep anymore.

To wean my daughter back from the nursing I'd tell her I'd sing a song and at the end nursing would be over, or that I needed to 'go do laundry quick' and be right back. I'd come back, but almost always she was asleep.

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Yeah, the past two nights I have noticed a change that she only woke up once at 3am and went back to sleep easily after nursing and slept till 5:30. The previous couple of weeks she was basically nursing constantly from 3am until 7 or 8, in and out of sleep. So, maybe we are making progress.

When I put her in her crib awake she completely freaks out, so just saying I will be back won't satisfy her. When hubby isn't there I basically have to pat/rub her back for a VERY long time and normally have to nurse her 3-4 times if she doesn't fall asleep nursing. So, it ends up taking 1-2 hours, very exhausting! Hopefully, like you said, it is a stage and is only temporary! Thank you!

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