Re: Nursing to sleep. Advice on helping her go to sleep with
I'm sorry your baby has to have surgery! That must be really scary.
A lot of times we have moms asking variations on your question- basically, "I have an upcoming event that will require me to be separated from my baby at naptime/bedtime/overnight, so how can I teach her to not need me on that far-off date?" My response is always that a mom shouldn't borrow trouble from the future. If nursing baby to bed works right now, keep on doing it. Don't make the baby miserable, and don't make yourself miserable, by refusing her now because you're afraid of what MIGHT happen weeks or months down the line.
When your baby is in the hospital, she will have to get to sleep with the nurses. That's okay. They're used to babies who are hurt, sick, sad, missing their moms, and completely off their normal rhythms... It's part of the job. You're not letting the nurses down by nursing your baby down for nap/bedtime. And when the baby is with the nurses, she's not going to expect to breastfeed- she knows that YOU are the only one with that particular superpower.
Why can't you stay with baby 24/7?
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