I nurse LO to sleep for naps and every now and then at night if her dad can't put her down. She is 15 weeks and I think going through the 4 month wakeful as she was a fantastic sleeper and is now only sleeping 3 hour stretches at night. I have been casually trying the Pantley Pull Off so that she isn't always associating having to nurse to fall asleep. I know nursing to sleep is normal, but my question is doesn't it hinder their sleep since when they start coming out of a deep sleep into a light sleep/wake-up they will then need to breast to fall back asleep? I know that the nursing to sleep association is normal, but it just seems to me now, especially during this wakeful period, that it is hindering my baby's sleep since she can't put herself back to sleep without the boob. And sometimes, if she got overtired or is just wanting to look around (hence the reason I believe it is the 4 mo. wakeful) she won't even take the breast. She turns her head and then will start to angry cry (which she never did before). So during those times, I do not know what to do except to hold her in my arms and rock her and let her cry. After about 10 minutes of that, she will give up and take the breast and fall asleep.
And might I add that I am just so tired of reading on other forums about how it is time to start sleep training and to absolutely not let the baby fall asleep at the breast because then I'm just a pacifier. I know better than to believe that, but it is still wearing away at my resolve. My main issue is just getting her through her light wakings. I would like to not have to nurse her. I would like for her to learn to go to sleep without it. Of course, for now so that I do not get frustrated, I am just trying to go with the flow and ride the wave that she is taking me on.