My perception is that the "Pantley pull-off" is more a way to achieve sleep without constant nursing -- not so much the frequent wake-and-nurse pattern.Originally Posted by llowe
Some children want to be latched on when they fall asleep, and wake if they are unlatched before they are deeply asleep (which may take 20 minutes). Gently unlatching when the baby stops active sucking, re-latching if he protests, and then unlatching again when the sucking stops again, repeated as necessary, should eventually result in baby giving up and drifting off into deep sleep without the nipple in his mouth. It worked for us -- the first few times, it took a dozen or so "pull-offs," but before long, DS was cooperating and just unlatching and going to sleep when he was done nursing.
To encourage a child to go back to sleep without nursing at all, and ultimately to return to deep sleep without fully waking, I think different measures are required, and the Pantley book does have a lot of ideas for that. What worked most easily for us was to simply let Daddy deal with the nightwakings. We never formally nightweaned, but as our son learned to take comfort from Daddy, he soon stopped waking much at all.
I know this isn't an option for all families; I was lucky to have a partner who was willing to do his share of the nighttime parenting when the time came.