Re: sleeping at breast
It does seem almost scary when the little one stays at the breast for hours and hours. You can't help but fearfully imagine months down the road with this growing baby attached to your chest indefinitely! I remember those fears. But hang in there. He simply likes your warmth, your scent, your sounds, and most of all your milk. All of those things equal SLEEP to this little guy. From your point of view, it seems excessive, but from the baby's perspective, mama equals comfort and food. As his world gets bigger, he will learn other ways to meet his needs, but right now in this moment, you are it!
When my son was a newborn, he sometimes let go of the latch when he fell into a deep sleep. Other times when I noticed the sucking motion had slowed and his breathing had deepened, I used my pinkie to unlatch him. I did not put him down however! I knew that he would wake up and cry instantly. So until he was stronger and we co-slept exclusively, I would sleep in a comfy chair with baby on my chest. Sure, my sleep was broken and light, but it was sleep nonetheless.
Last edited by ericag812; December 11th, 2007 at 07:45 AM.
Fletcher...August 20, 2005
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