Yesterday, 01:52 PM
The first thing I want to say is you are being fed a load of rubbish - please don't swallow it.
Do you ever wake in the night and need a sip of water from the glass on the nightstand? So does baby, but his fluids come from you instead of the glass. Sleeping is a thirsty business.
Additionally, baby wants comfort on waking, and that's what you are. Comfort. The world is still new, it's big and it's scary, and even worse, it's quiet and dark, and baby just wants Mom, breasts are soft, warm and safe, and there's free milk too. It's biologically built into baby to nurse to sleep, to nurse on waking, to nurse for food, for thirst, and for comfort. Imagine how you might feel if you were denied a biological need. Not great, you'd probably feel a little cheated huh?!
I nursed my baby through every single nightwaking, and now most nights she will happily do a 6-7 hour stretch at 9 months.
Breastfeeding is the best parenting tool you have at this time, and there is absolutely no evidence to support the idea that nursing on cue will harm your child in anyway, though conversely there are popular ideas in attachment parenting that responding to needs and wants of babies can actually encourage a greater level of independence later on in childhood, as children feel more secure.