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after several wks of no pm-naps, i allowed her to snooze for 1-2 hrs with my nipple in her cute little mouth, just so that i could get some relaxation for her and i. keeping her awake or taking out nipple is now no longer an option since it wakes and angers her....and the alternative is a half-fed baby w/out pm-naps (no good either). after 3-4 wks of doing this, she now assumes that she can only nap during bf. surprisingly, though, the a.m. nap and all-night-sleep don't require my nipple. (hopefully, this will not change)<br><br>
i'd like to enable her to sleep w/out my nipple in the afternoon. any ideas? or does anyone know of any negative longterm concequences of napping only during bf (other than score nipples)? THANK YOU!!
 

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It's a stage. no harm will come from it (except the sore nipples!)<br><br>
hang in there.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Work on easing the nipple out once she is DEAD ASLEEP (if you try before then they just get pissed off lol) My dd always did this when she was growing, I figured it was her way of getting the extra calories and sleep she needed all at once. FWIW I got alot of surfing done when that was going on.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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i wish that would work w us. i tried removing my nipple at different stages of her sleep...unfort. she'll always wake up. i'm at a total loss.
 

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Honestly? Just wait it out. Enjoy the forced "relaxation" A lot of times my dd gave me no choice also....<br><br>
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I don't know that this helps you at all, but my dd (who is now 19 mos. old) used to do the same thing at that age. I was exhausted all the time from the lack of mutual napping!<br><br>
The only advice I can offer is to just keep trying, and one of these days she'll nap without your help. (In my case, it didn't happen until dd was about 7 mos. old). BUT, the important thing is that it did eventually happen...<br><br>
Good luck!<br>
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Not sure if this will help: When my dd gets fretful upon nipple removal (sounds nice<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">), I try to quikly pull my bra up (so she can't smell/see it quickly), and lift her head up higher on my breast and cuddle her tight. rockher, rub her back, and she usually stops rooting in a few seconds. If not, I latch her back on until dead asleep and try it again. If she seem slike I can't put her down alone, I hold her or lay down and take a nap with her snuggled up next to me.<br><br>
You may be very anti-paci, but you may want to try subbing your nipple for a paci (or your finger) if she seems like she has to suck something. My DD would settle in with a paci in her car seat when nothing else worked in the car, and ditched it no problem when she got a few months older. Using one doens't necessarily mean an addiction, she's old enough that nipple confusion won't be a problem, and it may be that she's just a heavy sucker!<br><br>
If nothing else works, you might want to re-define this time as your personal chill-out time. Rent or check out a video that you can wathc piece-at-a-time during this naptime, or go online, read, etc. let it be your recovery time. DD went through a phase where she would only nap if I held her for her morning nap, and I totally decided that was my TV time and just vegged out. Now she goes down fine,a nd I miss being able to veg out and not feel guilty.<br><br>
Oh, another trick I use: I sing her the same song, over and over, as she goes down and keep singing it as I break the latch. I don't know if it has an effect, but I hope it creates a sense of continuity. Our fave right now is "I've been workin' on the railroad" b/c it's longer than most.
 
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