Re: CLW and nursing to sleep
We are in the process of this right now. I don't mind nursing to sleep, but lately dd (15 mos) hasn't been 'asking' for it when she's sleepy. It's almost like it doesn't occur to her to want it even though I can tell she's sleepy. I had to overcome my own desire to offer it to her because I know that it's the easiest way for me to get her to sleep. So I've been trying to comply with the don't offer, don't refuse method (harder than I thought it would be!) and it's been working. Most of the time she will eventually ask for it after crawling around in my lap and dozing for about half an hour and then she'll fall immediately to sleep once I finally give it to her.
The mid-night feedings I've discovered that if I pat her back or chest instead of immediately offering the breast when she wakes, most of the time she will actually go back to sleep on her own (we cosleep) and it's been a really nice break for me. I am awake a little bit longer, but I'm sleeping more comfortably because she is now willing to cuddle with Daddy more and I can lay on my back instead of balancing on my side with a pillow behind me. And I can get up to go pee without waking her, which my bladder is happy about.
Anyway, good luck!
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