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    Default sleeping latch onto breast

    Hello :-) I am new here and would love some advice on sleeping whilst BF?
    My girl used to sleep in her bassinet before i went to bed, but somehow we have eveolved through to her not falling asleep unless I nurse her to sleep, to her now sleeping pretty much the entire night attached to my breasts. This all kind of happened when she had a bad case of eczema, combined with unswaddling due to rolling over and moving into crib from bassinet.

    It's not the most comfortable way to sleep, but i'm more wondering if there is anything I need to worry about when it comes to my girl's wellbeing? If there is a concern about this, do you have any advice on how to talk her into not doing this in a way that avoids crying?

    Thank you!!

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    I forgot to note - she's 6.5months old

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    Jun 2009

    Default Re: sleeping latch onto breast

    do you mean you are bedsharing? (baby sleeping in bed with you?) there are various guidelines by different experts on how to do this more safely, a few absolute no-nos and then some suggested adjustments to make it safer given that adult beds are not designed for babies. Is that what you are looking for?

    It is normal for babies to like to nurse to sleep. I try to avoid trying to talk a baby out of doing what is normal, as it seldom does any good. On the other hand, no harm in nursing baby and then trying other comforting techniques to gentle baby into sleep. Few if any are easier than just nursing baby down, however.
    Last edited by @llli*lllmeg; January 26th, 2013 at 08:14 PM.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2012

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    I've tried to get away from nursing to sleep... it is the hardest uphill battle and totally not worth it.
    Your breasts were meant to comfort your baby. Use them!!

    LO always needs to nurse to sleep nowadays and we cosleep. At first it was uncomfortable because I was scared she was going to get crushed, but I've found I am very aware of her and gradually I became less scared. Now all of us get lots of sleep!

    Mommy to Baby Sage: 6lb, 19in, born on 5/20/12

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