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Old 11-06-2006, 05:09 AM   #11
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Rachel is almost 17 months old and nurses to go to sleep for naps as well as for the night. I know this won't last forever and someday I'll miss this time. I'm appreciating it while I can.

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Old 11-06-2006, 05:52 AM   #12
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DD always nursed to sleep. That mama milk would knock her out completely every time and there was no way I was going to wake her up for the sake of her falling asleep "on her own." She is now 3 y.o. and doesn't have any sleep issues whatsoever. I don't recall having any big issues with transitioning her from nursing to sleep. The nightcap nursing was the last to go with weaning though. To transition, we began to replace it with a sippy of milk and extra snuggle time.

DS is different, he sometimes falls asleep nursing and doesn't at other times...but it always makes him groggy.

IMO, if it's working for you I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 11-06-2006, 07:01 AM   #13
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DS is about 5 months old and I nurse him to sleep everynight. If I don't nurse him to sleep then he wakes up hungry a couple hours later. Nothing wrong with it. My hubby thinks he is too attached that I nurse him to sleep everynight, but I will not let him cry it out and nighttime is a battle without.. and like I said he won't sleep very long if I don't. That's just our routine! Good luck mamma.
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Old 11-06-2006, 08:40 AM   #14
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Oh, its just AWFUL! Hasn’t anyone told you yet, You’ll be nursing that kid till he goes to college?? He’ll NEVER be able to sleep alone.

Its all a bunch of hogwash IMO. If its working for you, and its working for him, then keep going. I will say that for us, its *starting* to not work as well – by that, I mean that she has to be 100% asleep before I put her down and sometimes, it can take an hour so I’m starting to use a technique from the No Cry Sleep solution where I unlatch her when she’s sleepy and then allow her to latch back on if she needs to and hoping that we’ll get to the point where I can nurse her and put her down sleepy.

FWIW, she apparently has no problems going to sleep w/o nursing at daycare.
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:01 AM   #15
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i just stopped nursing my ds to sleep at 7 months...and we weaned him from co-sleeping at the same time....He actually busted his lip from falling off our bed after I nursed him to sleep on our bed...that was my issue though. I just couldn't bear to move him after he fell asleep and just didn't have time to lay down with him every time he slept. It's been about a month and we did have to let him cry it out to learn to put himself to sleep...that was VERY hard...but the end result I do like, my DS and I both sleep better at night...he doesn't sleep as reliably during his day naps., but we are still working on that....just for me, I couldn't take night nursing and he wasn't sleeping through the night in our bed so I was feeling a little tired....
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Old 11-06-2006, 10:58 AM   #16
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DS just turned 17 mos and still nurses to sleep for naps and nighttime. And I must say, I LOVE that time w/him, esp. since he's so "busy" during the day now he rarely takes time out to nurse.

But even now he will sometimes nurse and then pull off and want to be walked around to "finish" falling asleep. So I definitely see NOT nursing to sleep in his future! (although how far in his future, not quite sure yet, lol!!! )
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Old 11-06-2006, 10:58 AM   #17
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I still nurse my DS who is TWO YEARS OLD to sleep about 30% of the time. I am trying to get him to sleep on his own, just so that he will go to sleep earlier. I don't want him to have a blanket or anything, because that is a substitue for me and I don't want that. We are AP parents and we co-sleep, and self wean... Do what feels right and that is what YOU do.
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if nursing to sleep feels right, do it. You're not harming you child and they will be able to go to sleep on their own when they're older.
Personally I've never understood all the hue and cry about not nursing to sleep. It's never really made sense to me that so many in the AP groups insist on NOT nursing to sleep.
DD (7months old) nurses and then I rock her for a while. We co-sleep so she nurses off and on all night.
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:18 AM   #19
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Adrian will be 7mths tomorrow and we still NTS. Sometimes he will go down for naps in his swing while he's still awake, but the majority of the time I nurse him down. Sometimes I do get frustrated or come under that thinking of "What if they're right? What if he never learns to fall asleep on his own?" but I always come back to the fact that this is what works for us right now, and my child is happy and secure because he knows I am there for him whenever he needs me. This stage won't last forever and I already cherish those quiet moments with him as he's starting to want to play on his own and is developing some independence.
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Old 11-06-2006, 11:25 AM   #20
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Nathan is EIGHTEEN months and still nurses to sleep 97% of the time! lol

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Us too- well, she's almost 16 months and 100% of the time. I love it, but I hate it too b/c I can't go anywhere or leave her with anyone if a nap or bedtime is coming up anytime soon b/c if mama's milk isn't there, she's not going to go to sleep.
I think it depends on the child. The real question, will I do it again with another child? Probably so, but I may try other ways of getting him/her to go to sleep first. With DD, she was never a good one for falling asleep, and we tried everything, nursing was a last resort after hours of trying.
IMO, unless you want to be attached to your child for a while (and that is not a bad thing!) try other methods first (HBOTB has some good suggestions, but they didn't work for me- worked for DH sometimes, but not me)

Good luck!!

edited to add: She also would wake up after I nursed her to sleep, when I would go to lay her down, so finally we put a mattress on the floor in her room, so I lay with her, nurse her to sleep, then I sneak out. No crying alone (which I can't bear), and I still get to sleep in my bed, by myself. (well, with DH, who is enough of a bed hog). Sometimes I will fall asleep in there with her, and that's ok too.
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