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How do you move your LO to the other side to nurse during the night?<br><br>
I usually slide my DS over with a mix of pulling arms and legs and sliding his sleepy body. He never wakes all the way... and I am half asleep. Is it wrong to pull his arms and legs? Anyone else do this?<br><br>
I hope this doesn't sound like a stupid question. It's just been bugging me for a while... I would NEVER want to hurt him in any way. I hope that I'm not being lazy by not totally picking him up and moving him to the other side.<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
*Oh and he's 16 months
 

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I roll over with dd on top of me so she rolls with me. She's used to it and will push me to roll if she wants to go to the other side. I can also nurse her from both sides without rolling over, I just lean the top side over further.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I roll over with dd on top of me so she rolls with me. She's used to it and will push me to roll if she wants to go to the other side. I can also nurse her from both sides without rolling over, I just lean the top side over further.</div>
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Yeah that! Instead of switching sides just nurse both "sides" with baby on the same side of you. When lying on your one side think of it as giving the top and bottom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> This gets very easy with a bigger baby/toddler. Honestly, I haven't bothered switching sides since I figured out I did not have to when ds was still a baby. Even when dd was a newborn I never moved her. It was a plus not to have to switch her around since there was also a toddler in the bed and they should not be next to each other.
 

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Ds is 2, so he will often climb over me and be pulling at my top before I'm fully awake<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Other times I just kind of heave him over me in the quickest way to get him to the other side. This is when he wakes up (and wakes me up), and I feel like I have to change sides for myself.<br><br>
I ONLY nurse from the top most breast during the night. That way, he tends to just drink what he needs then roll over and back to sleep. I think it's because it requires a little more effort from him. If I tuck him on my arm to have the lower breast, he will tend to linger there when I just want to get comfy and get back to sleep.
 

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We lean too for top and bottom. Letting DS have the top in the night definitely eased up on the all night sessions.<br><br>
Before we figured out the lean, I would swap sides and leave DS in the same place. CRAZY!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"><br><br>
And I also pull him down by the legs to get a better position. Else he goes for my nose!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">And I also pull him down by the legs to get a better position. Else he goes for my nose!</div>
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that just made me giggle, as my DS has gone for my nose, more times than I can count! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I just keep my LO tucked in next to me and lean in to give him the other breast, I should mentioned that I'm kind of well-endowed and stretched (I think the girls are about an F-cup) so there's not too much leaning involved and DS is big enough (he's 12 months) that he can reach & nurse w/o any problems. I also pull him into position by his meaty little legs or by getting a hand under him at the waist.<br><br><br>
HTH!
 

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When we switch sides I am usually the one who moves to the other side of my DS. We don't often switch, then I pump the fuller side in the am and bring with for DS at daycare.<br><br>
When I do move DS it is a semi lift and pull of his whole body in our sleepy haze. It doesn't seem to bother him, he usually isn't even completely awake to notice.....and either am I.<br><br>
Leaning on the one side for the opposite breast doesn't really work that great for us, and isn't that comfortable, I am not that well endowed.....it seems like I have to lean too far.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I roll over with dd on top of me so she rolls with me. She's used to it and will push me to roll if she wants to go to the other side. I can also nurse her from both sides without rolling over, I just lean the top side over further.</div>
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Same here - mostly now I just nurse from both sides without rolling over - at 40 lbs and 40 inches, it's gotten more awkward to roll him over with me.<br>
I've certainly done my share of pulling on limbs to get him in the right place - if it was hurting him, he'd make it known! And if it's not hurting, it's not doing damage.
 

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I grab her to my and we roll together as well - but if I'm particularly comfy - I make her take the same side again. If she's sleepy she doesn't care, but if she's looking for milk, she'll sit up and demand the other side.
 

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I gradually weaned off one side at night. We do both before sleep and then I lean way over so he can nurse from both sides if I'm uncomfortable (but my body pretty much has it all figured out now) otherwise we start on the full side once we're up. Honestly it works great, I'm sure I'm a little lopsided but who cares in the middle of the night?<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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For a young one (currently about 6 months) I check his diaper to see if he is wet. If so I get on my knees in bed and change it in bed. I have a stack of clean diapers next to the bed and a waterproof chux pad on the floor to toss the wet ones on. Then I just pick him up and put him on the other side. If he's dry, I pick him up and put him on my chest and roll him over me so I don't have to get up.<br><br>
For DS1, as he got older, picking him up wasn't working as it was killing my back. I either got up and rolled him over to where I wanted him. Or I woke DH up so that we could switch sides.
 

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I slide one hand under his bum, one under his head and move him over. Then I hop over him to the other side. I'll pull him down a bit by his legs if need be. We do this all night. It can be tiring but it's better then getting up to make a cup of milk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I nurse from both sides, just lean a little bit over... I spose thats one advantage to having big-ish boobs? Sometimes I roll over and pull DS to the other side... Last couple nights have been hard, I think, I HOPE, he's just teething again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I agree with PP that if it's not hurting your LO, it's not doing any damage.<br><br>
Weird. I'm between an A- and B- cup and am way more comfortable when she nurses on the 'top' side at night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:. I have my knees up, sometimes her feet rest on my legs, I kind of roll toward her with my arm over her head resting on a pillow. That way she can roll in to eat and roll away without my help. When I lean back for her to nurse on the 'bottom' side, it takes effort for me to not roll over to my back and I can't sleep that way.<br><br>
When my hips start to hurt, about half way through the night, we switch sides. How we do it depends on whether I need to get up to pee and how far we've inched up or to the side in bed. Sometimes I hug her and roll her over me. Sometimes I sit up, kneeling, put a hand under her head and butt and slide her over. Sometimes I get up and just lay on the other side when I return.<br><br>
Oh yeah, sometimes just give her the same side. If she's really hungry she lets me know.
 

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he nurses with his head on my arm. I scoop him close and we roll over together. I also whisper the words "switch sides" and he seems to get it, even when half asleep.<br><br>
getting comfortable again is the hardest part for me.
 

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My DD's a small one (15 weeks), but my aren't-I-clever patented night nursing system is to blearily sit up in bed and roll her behind me to the other side. She doesn't mind being rolled--in fact, it occasionally coaxes a burp out!--and it's much easier than picking her up.<br><br>
I also grab her by the ankles to pull her down far enough. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Never did master 'top side' nursing--I tried it once or twice but I was afraid of falling asleep and smothering her (I'm small-breasted, so I was practically lying on my tummy). I was probably doing it wrong, but ah well; our system works OK. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ds is 2, so he will often climb over me and be pulling at my top before I'm fully awake<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Other times I just kind of heave him over me in the quickest way to get him to the other side. This is when he wakes up (and wakes me up), and I feel like I have to change sides for myself.<br><br>
I ONLY nurse from the top most breast during the night. That way, he tends to just drink what he needs then roll over and back to sleep. I think it's because it requires a little more effort from him. If I tuck him on my arm to have the lower breast, he will tend to linger there when I just want to get comfy and get back to sleep.</div>
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we do the lean here too. that way i'm not moving her around too much and potentially waking her even more. i just sort of lean into her to give her the top boob.
 

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I'm usually ready to roll over, so I put one hand under his neck and one hand under his bum and just slide him over and lay on the other side. Does that make sense? Hard to explain without hand motions!
 
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