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DS wants to sleep more and more with my nipple in his mouth, which means I sleep more and more in that weird, twisted position -- my bottom arm around him, my top leg in front of my bottom leg. At first I just woke up achy, now I can't sleep when he nurses because it's soooo uncomfortable . . . . which means I'm sleeping less and less and less . . . . .<br><br>
Is there any solution to this? Is there any way to avoid being in pain? I keep thinking there must be some magic way to place pillows or something, but nothing seems to help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I just thought this is what everyone does or not, but I'll post what I do for you. I'm usually just a little stiff in the morning, but I think that's more due to the fact that we have our mattress on the floor and it is very firm!<br><br>
I roll up a baby blanket and wedge it behind dd. Then I have my head on two pillows and I put my bottom arm between them. I put my top arm on the blanket behind dd, but if I fall asleep while she's nursing I usually wake up with it in front of me, with my finger on dd's chin for some strange reason. Finally, I wedge a body pillow behind me so I can sort of lean back on it.<br><br>
I'm curious what others do!
 

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I'm afraid I don't have any great advice for you but I know exactly how you feel. I used to wake up with my whole body aching and to be honest I haven't been doing anything different but I sleep fine now. It's been a while, DD is almost 10mo now, so maybe I just got used to it. I do unlatch her when she's done, though, and I get into a more comfortable position. Just hang in there mama!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I don't do the cradle hold while side lying. I just lay her directly on the bed on her side with her mouth at breast level. My bottom arm is either stretched out straight over her head or I bend it back to my pillow. I do use a pillow between my knees. When she's finished I roll onto my back to change positions.<br>
Oh and something else I discovered. I am afraid to put dd between me and dh so I just flip my head to the foot of the bed to nurse on the other side. Hope you can figure something out because it is so nice once you get into the groove. I am getting more sleep now and so is baby.
 

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I unlatch when he's done too, but while I'm lying there I like to be comfy. I sleep with a pillow between my legs and my head on two. Oh and I rool over to use the other boob, as I can't sleep in the same position all night.
 

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I don't do the cradle hold while side lying. I just lay her directly on the bed on her side with her mouth at breast level. My bottom arm is either stretched out straight over her head or I bend it back to my pillow. I do use a pillow between my knees. When she's finished I roll onto my back to change positions.<br>
Oh and something else I discovered. I am afraid to put dd between me and dh so I just flip my head to the foot of the bed to nurse on the other side. Hope you can figure something out because it is so nice once you get into the groove. I am getting more sleep now and so is baby.
 

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I use a pillow between my knees, two for my head, and one up against my back. I also unlatch dd when I can get away with it, so that I can get some time in a more comfy position - usually on my back or, if I'm really lucky, my stomach. I also change sides at least once a night. It takes a long time to get situated in bed, but all the pillows seem to help.
 

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I like to be more curled up than my tall baby can accomodate, so if she doesn't have her legs curled up, I tuck them between my legs... keeps her feet warm, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Also, I have found that to accommodate for the top leg being in front of the bottom leg, I have to make sure I actually roll over further on my hip (if that makes any sense). I also used to use hubby or a pillow behind my back, though now I don't feel like I need to.<br><br>
I use a pacifier to transition her from the breast. She only uses it while sleeping, and she usually spits it out after a while, but it helps her make the transition from the breast without waking up.<br><br>
I nurse both breasts from lying on the same side. Even if you don't, you might find the position more comfortable nursing from the "wrong" breast... I usually nurse the "bottom" one first because I have an easier time getting comfortable and falling asleep while she's nursing the "top" one.
 

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I didn't use anything for an entire year and when I finally used a pillow, it made things so much easier! I actually could fall asleep while nursing instead of lie frozen in an uncomfortable position for hours.<br><br>
I use a foam pillow and wedge it behind my back. It stays in place and is the perfect weight and firmness to comfortably let me nurse for hours! I love it so much that I really miss it when I travel.<br><br>
I also only nurse from one side of the bed -- I start out with the bottom boob and then I dangle the top boob instead of switch sides completely.<br><br>
Hope you find something that works!
 

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Oh I feel you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s I am in the same boat. I have lately been wondering how I am going to deal with it, cuz it is killing my back. The problem for me is mostly if I fall asleep in that position.<br><br>
Your LO may be teething, which may account for them wanting to suck so much, you could try some teething remedies. THe all night nipple marathons, I've found, usually don't last too long, but even without them, the weird position is hard.<br><br>
I appreciate all the ideas about pillows, I am going to try some new things.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">When I am nursing in bed I use our A shaped nursing pillow to prop myself as comfortably as possible on my side. Also since I am unable to sleep in a nursing position I had to learn to nurse my daughter to sleep and then carefully release her latch and roll her on to her tummy to sleep, her chosen sleep postion I usually have to rub her bottom for a few minutes to help her settle bit then she sleeps soundly until it is time to nurse again. My DD slept the first three months of her life sleeping on my chest but she was getting to heavy and then when she would not sleep on her back I freeked out because of the back to sleep messages preventing SIDS but co-sleeping also prevents SIDS so I quickly overcame my fears.</span>
 
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