I love breastfeeding. I think it is an amazing experience, and I'm incredibly grateful for it and all the benefits it provides myself and my child. I breastfeed on demand, and she usually falls asleep after. At night, usually, we wash up, I breastfeed, and she goes to sleep. Sometimes, I hum, and that helps as well. She typically wakes up a few times to eat, then goes right back to sleep. All that being said, how can I "Wean" her off of nursing to sleep? She is only 6mo though. So should I even be worried at this age about it? It is not really a big issue currently, but I think it is important for her to be able to go to sleep without nursing. Please let me know! Thanks!
i still nurse my 20m twins, so im big in nursing to be sure, that being said i really get that breaking the tight nursing to sleep connection for everyones sake. emergencies or issues arise and the ability to be flexible with feeding and sleeping can really be a good thing. i just started to nurse earlier in the go to sleep routine little by little, so rather than the last thing, i made the last thing a song. and then rather than just a song separating nursing an sleep i including some massage then a song. so little by little my kids now have nursing as the beginning on their nap or sleep routine. we nurse on the couch in the living room and then get changed and brought to their beds and massaged a little and hummed to and then everyone sleeps. it was a gradual thing that happened over a few months. and when i need to be somewhere else, rare around here but it happens, i just make sure dad has then feed goos and then he snuggles them on the couch and then continues it all. if i had done this prior to the wide spread adding of solid food (at nearly a year old for us) i would have dad include a bottle on the couch, but now it is not needed. they go to sleep nearly the same with or without hte nursing, since it really is very far removed from the final settling.
i am now night weening my twins and i am finding it pretty smooth going, since i can do all those other things that cue sleep at the beginning of the night and they are working in the middle of the night most of the time now too.
im very happy with the choices and for the most part the timeline we have ended up with, i think it all could have been down a few month earlier, but not by much.
So what if I don't fit cleanly into a defined parenting style, my kids don't fit into a personality archetype either!
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