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    Default Feeding to sleep

    5.5 month old DD has developed a routine of 3 day naps, the last ending around 4pm then staying awake until 6-7pm when it's bedtime. Recently I feed her at 6pm because she gets a bit cranky and she falls asleep on the boob.

    This is great for me but I am worried that she won't learn how to self-settle (previously we have been doing a lot of rocking to sleep, after story and quiet time she can't quite get there by herself). The timing is pretty good so I don't want to feed her any earlier (milk feed at 4pm, solids at 5pm then last boob at 6pm) and I don't want to wake her from the boob, only to try to put her to sleep straight after.

    Am I worrying over nothing? Boobing to sleep seems the most natural and lovely way to go to sleep.

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    That sounds like a really nice way for both of you to end the day.

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    Default Feeding to sleep

    Can she self settle for her day sleeps?

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    Sounds like its working well for you. Is stick with it

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    I've been feeding my 13mth old to sleep since birth. Works totally fine for us & she goes to daycare 1 day a week and has no trouble just being patted to sleep by her carer. I fed my 3.5yr old to sleep till he was around 2yrs old (till he went in a big bed) and then I just transitioned into tickling his back to get him to sleep in his bed.

    It's not as bad as some people make it out to be look up pinky McKay and see what she has to say about it, breastmilk makes babies sleepy and the hormones you release when feeding make you sleepy too, it's the most natural thing ever so just go with your bubbas flow. 😃

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    Default Feeding to sleep

    It is only a problem if:
    - your child wakes during the night (feeding to sleep can cause sleep association problems and night wakenings) AND this bothers you

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    - bub has trouble settling during the day (eg you have to pat to sleep) AND this bothers you

    I personally wouldn't feed a child to sleep. My desired outcome is putting a child to bed, they fall asleep on their own within a short time frame. A 5 month old is capable of self settling they just need to be shown how.
    - IMO Patting/feeding to sleep is a big pain in the butt and I am busy enough without having to do it.

    Each to their own though.
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    Its only a problem if it's a problem for you.

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    ^^^this.I think its a beautiful way to end the day.she's still only a baby.

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    Default Feeding to sleep

    Quote Originally Posted by Boobycino View Post
    Its only a problem if it's a problem for you.

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    This.

    I'm more a put them into bed awake and let them fall asleep mum. But see no problem with feeding to sleep if its what works
    Last edited by sparklebug; 14-11-2012 at 21:14.

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    Default Re: Feeding to sleep

    I feed to sleep 8m DD every night. She self settles for her 2 day naps & sleeps through the night so it doesn't bother me to continue the night feed/sleep routine

    As pp said, only a problem if you're not ok with it

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