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    I always feed my 5.5 month old ds to sleep & I love it. Every now & then he will fall asleep on his own without any encouragment from me so I'm not worried about when he gets older. My mum is looking after him on wednesday so i'll let you know how she goes getting him to sleep without a boob.

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    I'm still feeding my 1 year old to sleep most nights. Not sure when it'll end! I'll just keep going as she will not go to sleep any other way!

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    Have fed all of my babies to sleep. Unfotunately my 3rd is a terrible sleeper, but I don't blame feeding him to sleep on that, it's just who he is. I'm not willing to do any sleep training with him until he's old enough to understand, so at this stage I just need to suck it up. I'm no longer breastfeeding (have only just stopped) but he has a bottle at bed time and another at around midnight. For all his other wake ups I cuddle and pat him off to sleep.
    My older 2 were always fed off to sleep and are 2 of the most wonderful sleepers I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialK View Post
    I feed DD to sleep and it's a love hate relationship I have with it. I hate that I do it because she wakes up every 45min - 3 hours overnight but i love that it puts her straight back to sleep.
    I went to sleep school and while I found a lot of the time shush/pat would put her back to sleep, it would take up to an hour... On the other hand, whack her on the boob and she was back to sleep in 5 mins and I could crawl back in to bed to sleep.
    I keep saying one day when I'm not so tired I will try and break the habit.... Don't think that day will come anytime soon as I'm always so knackered getting up to all the night awakenings.
    I haven't had longer than 3 hours in a row sleep since she was born 8 months ago...
    Reviving an old post but this is me exactly...

    I think I need to get a bit stricter with feeding upon wake up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedCreamingSoda View Post
    I havent read any replies but just want to add our experience. I fed on demand from birth but when I noticed that bub was getting into a habit of having lots of little snacks and not really getting a very full belly I decided I would try to space out feeds a little. BUT I knew I couldn't withhold a BF if bub was asking for it. I had found that although bub like feeding to sleep, he would fall alseep before taking a good big feed so I started giving him a feed on waking. EVERY time he woke he would get offered a feed no matter if he seemed to be asking for it or not. This feed on waking got bigger and bigger and he just gradually stopped demanding feeds at times other then when he wakes up. If he ever did demand feeds at other times (like when he's sick) I would still give them, but it's very rare. Now 9 months on it has made transition to solids really easy too because he has his meals an hour or so after waking (and bfing) so he still takes a good amount of milk and then a good amount of food.
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    Can I ask when you started really focusing on not feeding to sleep, what did you do if bubba fell asleep by accident?

    I've had a few times where he wakes after a decent day nap, I feed him and he goes right back to sleep :-/

    Should I try to wake him at that point and try to get him to play or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    Reviving an old post but this is me exactly...

    I think I need to get a bit stricter with feeding upon wake up.
    Elizabeth pantley has a great way to wean off nursing to sleep. I used it successfully with both girls. It involved no crying either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdornedWithCats View Post
    I always feed my 5.5 month old ds to sleep & I love it. Every now & then he will fall asleep on his own without any encouragment from me so I'm not worried about when he gets older. My mum is looking after him on wednesday so i'll let you know how she goes getting him to sleep without a boob.

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    My ds is now 20 months and we still feed to sleep most of the time. Since 18 months he has started to self-settle regularly (but not all the time) all on his own at night. For his day nap either I feed him to sleep or his Nan can get him to sleep without.


 

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