Re: Falling asleep without nursing?
Is there a chair in your LO's room? Once we graduated from co-sleeping to having a baby in the crib or bed, I would sit down in the chair, nurse the kid until groggy, and then put her in the crib/bed. Then I would either park myself silently in the chair or in the hallway outside and wait for sleep. At first, my girls both needed me to be right next to them in order to fall asleep, but as time went on they became more comfortable with me being outside in the hallway, and after a while they didn't even need me to be in the hallway anymore.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"