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We co-sleep for part of the night with our 5 mo old DD. I nurse her down to sleep in bed and my DH transfers her to her Amby hammock in her room, where she will sleep for a couple of hours. I bring her to our bed when she wakes up. However, once she starts nursing, she can't stay asleep without my nipple in her mouth. If it falls out, she wakes up about a minute later, and will cry until I re-latch her if its not at a good angle for her to re-latch by herself. This can go on for hours, until I get so fed up and tired that I put her back in her room (where she usually just falls asleep instantly for a couple of hours). I also can't move her, or she will wake up. We still have to swaddle her, too--she can't sleep without it.<br>
I'm not sure if there is any answer to this at all, but maybe some hope that this will change? My DH and I are just sooo tired with all of this interrupted sleep. Its only worse (for us, of course!) because she used to sleep about 5 hours, before waking up...She is napping much better during the day, though, so maybe we just have to 'suck it up'...<br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> There is something about 5 months. It seems like all babies have a difficult sleeping situation around 5 months. Sorry I don't have more helpful advice- I expect it will improve soon though.<br><br>
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What works for us, is the Pantley pull off, from the NO Cry Sleep Solution. Of course, my ds is quite a bit older, and I didn't get the ncss until he was 8 or 9 mos I think.<br>
But it's still worth a shot to try it with your dd. It can be EXTREMELY frustrating to not be able to roll over and get comfy to sleep! Ds sleeps way better after we do the pantley pull off. He doesn't wake up crying, he can get himself back to sleep after he stirs, etc.<br>
Of course, I start to slack when the sleeping gets better, and then it gets worse again. I just realized this cycle a few weeks ago- this time I'm going to stick with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The first night I do it, it takes about 5 times or more of unlatching, putting him back on to nurse, and unlatching, before he rolls over and goes to sleep. But after that, he'll roll over on the first or second unlatch.<br><br>
Here's a link to it: Pantley's gentle removal plan <a href="http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/content/excerpts/frequentw.htm" target="_blank">http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/con.../frequentw.htm</a><br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My DD is 4 1/2 months old, and we're in a similar situation. I used to nurse her down for all sleep (at night and for naps), and she would get in a bit of a "panic" if she woke up without my breast in her mouth. What I'm trying to do now is not nurse her down for naps... so that she has a variety of ways to go to sleep and a variety of "sleep associations". Instead we rock/walk/sling to sleep for naps, so she'll hopefully learn other ways to sleep and not *need* my breast in her mouth all of the time. We're doing this for naps and not at night because I have more energy to get her to sleep in different ways during the day. I don't really have a problem with nursing down, just with the inability to unlatch! And my nipples are kind of bruised from her slipping down to the nipple during the night, and the constant on and off latching.<br><br>
I second the suggestion of the No Cry Sleep Solution...it's a lot less dogmatic than most sleep books, and there are lots of good suggestions, as well as a great description of babies' sleep cycles that can help in understanding night-waking. And the "Pantley Pull-off" is certainly something we might try, too- maybe when my nipples heal a bit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .<br><br>
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I second the suggestion to try the Pantley Pull Off. When I first read NCSS, I thought it would never work with MY baby, but I was desperate, so I tried it. Lo and behold, it worked!<br><br>
Also, repeat to yourself as often as needed: This too shall pass.<br><br>
You'll figure it out!<br><br>
Lara
 
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