Hi group, I was not sure if I should post this on the "sleeping issues" forum or this one, as my inquiry involves both nursing and sleeping (how common...?).
I have been happily nursing my 18-months old daughter, about twice during the day (she is attending a daycare) and THROUGHOUT the night (could get to about 10-15 times/night). I have transitioned to sleeping in adjacent beds when she was about 5 months old for me to sleep better at night, while my husband sleeps next to me and our 3.5yo son sleeps in his bed adjacent to my husband's side. My daughter wakes up frequently at night, which I know is quite common, however she knows that I should be around and asks to nurse each time she wakes. It is quite clear to me that she needs my comfort more than the actual milk, but I am wondering if by keeping this arrangement, I also keep this cycle of frequent waking and asking to nurse at night. I also wonder if by keeping this sleeping arrangement I convey to her htta she is not confident enough to go back to sleep on her own, without nursing. I have tried once (2 nights) to wean her from nursing at night while offering her comfort in other ways (hugging etc), which was not successful as I felt she was yet to be ready. I feel clueless about the next step I should take to ease the current situation. I would be so happy to keep nursing her but I feel that I must resolve this night-nursing issue.