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Old 01-05-2011, 09:36 AM   #11
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so DS is 4 months old now, and we bed share and feed on demand. Until just lately, a couple of times a night he would get restless, i would wake up, sit up, feed him, change his diaper, then try and settle us back into bed ..recently, since we've become nursing ninjas (lol it took us a loooong time to get the hang of nursing!), i've discovered that i can just roll with him from side to side and feed him right in the bed. This causes way less disruption for everone and everybody's loving it. The only thing is, usually we both just fall back to sleep while he is latched on so that he spends more time latched on than not ..this doesn't bother me at all, i find nursing all night much less disruptive than getting up once or twice, but my question is, is it okay for him? i can't think of any reason why i wouldn't be, i just thought i'd ask some more experienced mamas to make sure. I don't want to ask my pediatrician, as bedsharing is officially bad.
I did this for months with my son and it worked out awesome for both of us and my husband. The only thing that backfired was the sadness that ensued when we finally put him in his own bed in his own room. That killed me.

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Old 01-05-2011, 10:10 AM   #12
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Re: nursing aaaaaaaaaaall night long!

we've been doing this all along, and my daughter is now 8 months. two nights ago my husband came to bed and said that I was sound asleep and she was suckling away.

We are about to transition her to the crib because I disturb her when I get up in the morning and she won't go back to sleep, and because she has started wiggling all over the bed if she wakes up and we don't want her falling off, and I am so going to miss having her little warm body snuggled up against me.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:45 AM   #13
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but does allowing them to nurse all night long increase the risk of ear infections the way bottle propping was always purported to? DH is running him to the ped today because i suspect he as another ear infection.
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but does allowing them to nurse all night long increase the risk of ear infections the way bottle propping was always purported to? DH is running him to the ped today because i suspect he as another ear infection.
I've read no on this. That said, DS DID have about 6 ear infections his first year. I'm not sure if it was due to that, or if he was just prone? Hmm...
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:16 AM   #15
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So glad to see all the positive responses! Just finally got the hang of nursing in bed with DD2 and am getting so much more sleep basically nursing her all night. Luckily my ped is totally supportive of all of our decisions to go against the grain which has been nice.
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but does allowing them to nurse all night long increase the risk of ear infections the way bottle propping was always purported to? DH is running him to the ped today because i suspect he as another ear infection.
My ped did tell me to limit the amount of side lying nursing we did because of this, but I haven't read any info myself on it. We've not had any problems yet, so I'm hoping things continue to go well. We did everything by the book with our first and he had tons of ear infections until he got tubes (15 months)and had his tonsils and adenoids taken out at 3. I think a lot of it just depends on your LO.
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bottle propping could increase ear infections since the bottle drips and allows the milk to pool in the mouth, which can possibly drain into eustacian tubes and allow bactieria to grow...
Nursing is a two-part suck-swallow action, so milk doesn't just hang out in their mouths...

That said, my first two were prone to ear infections, 3rd was not... just depends on the babe I think...

If you're both happy with your nighttime arrangements, I say you're doing just fine! Everyone's happier when mama gets sleep!
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