I have 4 children (with one on the way). I nursed all of them, but my 2nd child only 'wanted' to nurse about 7 months...and then she was just 'done'...I'm not sure I'll ever understand what happened. All of my boys nursed well into their toddler years. My daughter was my only child to sleep through the night comfortably/peacefully.....
I think ebf is a trade-off. We are providing the closeness/comfort at the expense sometimes of sleep. The majority of my friends who stop bfing at 1 year have children that sleep through the night almost instantly....Sometimes, yes, I've been jealous.
Right now, I'm horribly, awfully, desperate for an entire night's sleep!
My DD, on the other hand, wakes about every 40 minutes throughout the night and has since birth.
Based just on my own personal experiences I'd say it has more to do with the individual babe than it has to do with extended breastfeeding. I co-slept with both kids and their eating patterns and nursing patterns were very similar.
One marked difference, though, is that my DD has food allergy issues (soy, dairy, egg) and my DS never had any allergies (other than seasonal pollen stuff).
some of the things that make my DD sleep worse:
-new situation/life adjustment
-too cramped (in our bed)
some things that help her sleep better:
She also sleeps totally differently in her crib vs. in bed with us. In the crib she sleeps on her tummy and doesn't move *at all* - when we cosleep she sleeps on her back, arms splayed out and does sleep gymnastics, lol
Christine, mom to C(7.5) - E(5) - J(3) - B(10 mos)
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