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My 8 month old is nursing at least 6 times a night, and being a smaller breasted mama, I cannot sleep through and it is a bit uncomfortable on my back. When he was like 2 months he was only nursing twice a night, I would sit up in bed with him and all of that, then I thought- "You know, I really should learn to nurse laying down" so I did- and the night nursing has really picked up since then- it seems it is more and more all the time.<br><br>
My other 2 kids were only nursed when I was sitting up in bed and I never had them nursing this much at this age.<br><br>
Is there any gentle way I can get him back down to 2 or even 3 times a night? Is there a problem with doing that? I mean, this is my last baby, so I could suck it up if there would be a problem in denying him the all-night nursing. I am uncofortable though----thoughts?<br><br>
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I am experiencing a very similar situation with ds who is 11mo, although ds never nursed only 2 times a night. That must have been glorious! Anyway, I too am smaller busted and sidelying takes a bit of practice and lots of pillows. I used to sit up and nurse him too but that hurt my back more. Having a supportive bed helps too. I nurse ds so many times at night I lose track, I just keep flipping him and myself around. I wish I had some suggestions for you!! Some kids needs more of mom at night then others, hopefully things will improve for you. Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I also have smaller breasts and find it difficult to nurse lying down. I've mastered a variation of side lying, though, and can now get very comfortable nursing in bed. I have not seen any difference in the night waking patterns of my babies who I sat up to nurse and my babies I laid down to nurse. I think it's more personality, situational difference. My 4th baby does nurse more at night than my 1st 2 did. It's often the only time she gets me all to herself, whereas my older babies had more undivided attention during the day since there was fewer of them. Also, I WOH, so I feel she needs the milk. I have found that one benefit of the extra night nursing is that I definitely have a more bountiful supply this time around (I never didn't make enough, but this time I've always had plenty)<br>
At 8 mos, dd was pretty much nursing all night. At 16 mos now, she's nursing usually twice, but sometimes sleeping all the way through, and now that she's cutting teeth, sometimes waking 5 times. At that 8-10 mos age, she was so busy in the day mastering movement that she just didn't nurse as much and needed to make up at night - perhaps that is what your little one is doing. It may really be a need on baby's part to nurse a lot at night, particularly at your baby's young age.<br>
My variation of side lying that lets me get very comfy and sleep well is to lie on my side, but nurse the baby from the top breast, not the breast closest to the bed. I hold the baby in like a standard cradle hold, lying on my side, so baby is sitting on the bed. This works great, especially for an older baby or toddler, and because I don't need any muscles to hold her, I can get truly comfortable and sleep through those night nursings.<br>
Good luck - believe me those night wakings don't last forever. My older 3 all sleep all night in their own beds by choice, and your little one will too someday!
 

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I have no idea what "normal" is but my 2-1/2 year old recently has been nursing more at night than she did as a newborn.<br>
I also don't have lots of breast size (though oodles of milk apparently :LOL )<br><br>
I found that once my babies were older, settling them on my tummy alleviated the "pull and stretch" scenario. Also if you want to nurse on the breast closest to the mattress, stick a pillow at the small of your back so you're not perched precariously in "no sleep land". Just lean back a bit on the pillow and baby can access the "bottom breast". A rolled up diaper or cloth under the breast can also lift the nipple up better after the "full" sensation has been depleted.<br><br>
The fave position of my last two babes was settled into the crook of my arm, maybe 1/2 facing me. A pillow under your elbow stops the strain of having to lift them to the breast even a bit, but you are both still happily laying down (back-lying, which is more preferably to the tummy position I mentioned earlier for older babies) and we've gotten many good "sleeps" from this position.<br><br>
Hope that helps in some way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Normal? Hmmm. My DS nursed just once or twice at night for a while, then it picked up to every few hours all night, and now we're back to 2-3 times per night (he's 10 months old now). We co-sleep and we try to get him to sleep on his own (e.g. without nursing or being rocked, just falling asleep on his own with a parent lying with him), so after several weeks of very sleepless nights for me, I decided he could only nurse every 3 hours, then every 3.5 hours, every 4 hours... now we're up to every 4.5 hours (which means 1-3 nursings per night, at this point). If we wakes up in the meantime, he just has to figure out how to go to sleep on his own. He sometimes cries a little, sometimes cries a lot, sometimes doesn't cry at all, and usually falls back asleep within 5 minutes or so, which is okay with me. Last night was a tough one, though, he woke up after about 3 hours and would NOT go back to sleep, so I let him nurse and he didn't wake up for another 4 hours or so.<br>
I hope some of that was useful, or at least interesting.
 

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My dd is 15 months old currently. She has gone through different stages of nursing at different times. Sometimes as much as 10 times a night. But never any less than 3-4. Right now we are at about 3-5 times a night, but when she is teething, or sick it goes back up to the 8-10 range.<br><br>
I wouldn't really consider myself to be small chested, but I have gone through the troubles of finding the right position to be able to sleep through the nursings. As someone suggested earlier, try nursing with the breast that is not closest to the matress, and at the same time, bend your top leg almost over your little ones legs. That takes the pressure of your hips. I do that sometimes and it's pretty comfortable as I usually can fall back to sleep quicker that way.<br><br>
As for your question about there being a gentle way to cut back the amount of nursing sessions at night. Well, if you find a way, please let me know!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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