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Nursing to sleep. Michelle Ann 2 kids; Veradale, Washington 418 posts
22nd Dec '12

My DS is 14 months old and he co-sleeps. ( We just got him his own bed which we plan to try and get him to sleep in by himself at some point before my pregnancy progresses and I'm too big to comfortably share our bed anymore. ) He nurses between 3-4 times during the day, refuses to drink cow's milk and wakes at least three times a night to nurse himself back to sleep. We never did the CIO method, I hated the very thought of it as did DH so it was never an option.



Have I done something wrong? Should I have never allowed him to nurse to sleep like I have? I've reason articles and stuff that say that I've made it harder on myself and him. What should I do? Will he sleep better at night when he self weans? What are the chances he'll self wean as my pregnancy progresses?



Sorry for so many questions.

Bosco123 1 child; Oklahoma City, OK, United States 1493 posts
22nd Dec '12

Once he stops nursing at night, he'll probably sleep through the night without waking, or if he does he'll learn to put himself back to sleep. Your milk might dry up and/or change flavor while you're pregnant but that's not for sure.

Michelle Ann 2 kids; Veradale, Washington 418 posts
22nd Dec '12

Is it horrible that part of me hopes my milk changes or dries up so he'll self wean? I don't want to force him to stop nursing by any means.

Bosco123 1 child; Oklahoma City, OK, United States 1493 posts
22nd Dec '12
Quoting Michelle Ann:" Is it horrible that part of me hopes my milk changes or dries up so he'll self wean? I don't want to force him to stop nursing by any means."


No its not because it would totally be easier on both of you! lol My lo didn't really give a shit anymore so by 14/15 months he was only nursing once before bed and at 16 months I stopped completely.

Michelle Ann 2 kids; Veradale, Washington 418 posts
22nd Dec '12

I wish! My DS is addicted to his Mommy Milk! He'll come over to me, say "Mom mom mom mom!" with his arms in the air, I'll pick him up and he throws himself backwards which is his way of telling me he wants boobie!

Bosco123 1 child; Oklahoma City, OK, United States 1493 posts
22nd Dec '12
Quoting Michelle Ann:" I wish! My DS is addicted to his Mommy Milk! He'll come over to me, say "Mom mom mom mom!" with his arms ... [snip!] ... with his arms in the air, I'll pick him up and he throws himself backwards which is his way of telling me he wants boobie!"


ahh, cute! I think it helped me because I was working 30ish hrs a week after 8 weeks.

Michelle Ann 2 kids; Veradale, Washington 418 posts
22nd Dec '12

I'm home all the time as I take online classes so that probably explains his addiction. Lol. He's had an all access pass since he was born.

Bosco123 1 child; Oklahoma City, OK, United States 1493 posts
22nd Dec '12
Quoting Michelle Ann:" I'm home all the time as I take online classes so that probably explains his addiction. Lol. He's had an all access pass since he was born."



Makes sense. Well, I suggest trying to cut out those middle of the night nursings. If he's in his own bed it will help out a lot.

Michelle Ann 2 kids; Veradale, Washington 418 posts
22nd Dec '12

We're going to try. He's very stubborn so he might not go to sleep without me nursing him again in his own bed.

Bosco123 1 child; Oklahoma City, OK, United States 1493 posts
22nd Dec '12
Quoting Michelle Ann:" We're going to try. He's very stubborn so he might not go to sleep without me nursing him again in his own bed."


What I had to do is have DH go in and rock him back to sleep, he can't have the b**b if there's no b**b to give!! I AWLAYS gave it. DH still goes in there if he wakes (usually DH is still up and I'm asleep) in the middle of the night.

Michelle Ann 2 kids; Veradale, Washington 418 posts
22nd Dec '12

My DH gets easily frustrated in the middle of the night. ): So he usually gives up before DS goes back to sleep.

Bosco123 1 child; Oklahoma City, OK, United States 1493 posts
22nd Dec '12
Quoting Michelle Ann:" My DH gets easily frustrated in the middle of the night. ): So he usually gives up before DS goes back to sleep."


Boo. Well, at that age my LO was able to put himself back to sleep. He would wake up in his crib and even sometimes stay awake for an hour, but wouldn't cry so we just let him be. He went through that phase of waking for like 6-9 months, it was weird and I was very glad when it ended.

Ace of Bace 1 child; New Bern, North Carolina 1657 posts
22nd Dec '12

I didn't read the other posts but my son slept with me and woke about 5 times a night to nurses. At 9 months I got a really busy schedule and had to get up really early.. Like 4 am. So I decided it was crib time. From 9 moths I would nurse him right before bed till he was asleep or relaxed and lay him down. Since the very first night on his crib e sleep right threw the night. I though it would be rough but it wasn't. Maybe u will be as lucky.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46840 posts
22nd Dec '12

My son is 8 months old and wakes 1-4 times a night to nurse. Hes in the habit of being in bed with myself and DH as well. I want to break him of it but I dont like CIO, so I have no idea what to do. I try to nurse him before bed but make sure that he's falling asleep with the nuk instead of the b**b. I put him in his bed once he's asleep but in a couple hours he's back up and won't go to bed unless I bring him in my bed. Then hr nurses a few times after. I have no idea how to break it.