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I was about to post a new thread (guess i still might) relating to this subject, but I've already learned a lot reading this thread (don't know what I would do without MDC). My question/story is as follows:
"Are any of you nursing mommas (or dp/dh) able to put dc (back) to sleep without nursing? I'm starting to feel chronically tired from waking up so often to nurse him back to sleep (even tho I do fall back asleep quickly), and frustrated about having to always be the one to put him to sleep. Episodically dh has been able to put him to sleep, but it would always require a lot of effort (spinning around the room til he's soaked in sweat..) I've tried some NCSS suggestions, but in the book it seems the kid will just magically not cry when you put it down awake, well, mine does, even when he's almost asleep.
Dh and I discussed it today, thinking of solutions, but we figure if nursing is just incompatible with a child falling asleep on their own, then there is no need to torture ourselves and dc trying to change things, and then I'll live with the way things are now.."
It seems that most of you feel the best thing is to go along with the child and follow their lead, and I do think that's the best way, and it's what we've done up until now, but I'm sooo tired, and can't nap with dc b/o full time job. I don't want to nightwean (since obviously that's when we do most of the nursing), but if we could reduce it a bit I would feel so much better. Any suggestions for a workable middle ground?
mama to my August boys ('03 & '06)