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    There are several hormones in breast milk that promote sleep. Particularly at night believe it or not.
    I fed my daughter to sleep until 20months when she weaned. She uses a dummy now and at almost 2.5yrs she puts herself to sleep in her big girl bed
    I was warned off it too but it worked for us and my mum and sister have taken her over night since she was 8months old when we had weddings/parties that we could not take her too. She had expressed breast milk until she weaned then cuddles to sleep until she started putting herself to sleep over the last few months.
    Good luck and trust your mummy instinct.

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    Sounds like feeding to sleep is working better for you and bub so I would be sticking with what worked and what I was comfortable with. I feed my 5 month old DD to sleep every time, day and night, and love it.

    I'm the one who has to out her to sleep for every nap so I do what's best for the two of us and I'm not worried about creating any 'bad habits'.

    You're his mummy, you know what is best

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    All babies are different so do what feels right for you. I myself regretted that I fed to sleep and co-slept, my son got really attached and wanted comfort suck throughout the night. We were both exhausted. It took us a long time, lots of tears and frustration to break that habit.

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    First of all it's your call, you get to decide what you do.

    I have to admit though that I'm one of those people that think anything other than short term feeding to sleep (especially for an older bub 5+ months) is making a rod for your own back. Specifically:
    - bub being dependent on a breastfeeding mum to go to sleep means makes it more difficult for mum to get a break
    - bubs being fed to sleep are more likely to have sleep association problems... Thus reducing the likelihood of bub sleeping through... And mum getting a good nights rest.


    Up to you though and good luck whatever you do.

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    I fed my dd to sleep until she was 19 months old, until I was offering her a feed to get her to sleep and she refused and never breastfed again. 5 months prior to this she commenced day care where she was patted to sleep like all the other kids.

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    And my dd slept through from 8 weeks to 6 months then teething struck and she slept through again from 12 months. She could also be put to sleep with pats by other people.

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    Nothing wrong with it at all unless your bub wakes 10 times a night needing boob to go back to sleep. If that happens deal with it then. You need rest NOW and if feeding to sleep is the way to get it go for it and don't second guess yourself.

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    I have to admit, I'm a bit worried about this myself and DS2 is only 2 months old! The last few nights we've been trialing a new bed time routine and unfortunately the only way I can get him from light sleep to deep sleep is to let him suck on me and cuddle.
    Everything says that you shouldn't let them get used to that though. I understand the logic, if me and my nipples aren't around, how is he going to get to sleep? And if I want to have a break from the bed time routine and get DH to put him to bed, how's he supposed to manage?

    But at the same time our bodies are designed to help our babies to sleep. They're designed to help US sleep too! So for now I'm going to keep going as I have been. I figure I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't, so I might as well enjoy the cuddles while I can .

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    I feed my 13 month DD to sleep. When my DH looks after her, she has a bottle and falls asleep on her own, no dramas. I agree that bubs will develop different sleep habits with each different person that looks after them, because no one will parent exactly the same.

    DD will sometimes wake up during the night and usually I just roll over and feed her and were both asleep again in less than 5 mins. A couple of nights at the beginning of this week she's woken up and I've tried to get her back to sleep without feeding her and its taken hours. I don't know why I bothered, it just makes us all tired and grumpy!

    I'm glad to hear that everyone's older bubs can now put themselves to sleep, it reassures me that I'm not creating a bad habit and I'll keep doing what works for us


 

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