I have a 5 month old baby who is exclusively breastfed. I am having a lot of difficulty with her sleep patterns. she has never been the best sleeper but since she was 3.5 months she wakes up every 1 to 2 hours to nurse-- most of the times she only nurses for a minute or two and goes back to sleep. During the day she only takes long naps if I nurse her back to sleep. Is this normal? Everyone tells me that by this age babies should be sleeping longer stretches. I am so exhausted and she also seems like she is not well rested as she gets fussy during the day.
I don't have the heart to do any sleep training like cry it out-- Does anyone have any advice for me or words of encouragement? How will I ever get my baby out of the nurse to sleep cycle?