Re: Nursing to sleep is a bad thing?
Forming an association between nursing and falling asleep is only a problem if it is a problem for you. Most women get fed up with all-night nursing after a certain point in time. (I know I did! )
Eventually your child will no longer need to nurse in order to fall asleep. However, it may be some time before that happens. She's not going to be 10 years old and still nursing all night, she'll probably stop on her own, but she could still be doing it at age 2 or 3. Again, this is only a problem if you feel it's a problem. Who cares what the books have to say? You are the mama and you know what works for you and your baby!
Have you read Elizabeth Pantley's The No-Cry Sleep Solution? If not, I really recommend it! Pantley really understands the special challenges faced by the nursing mom and recommends very gentle techniques that can help you teach your baby to sleep more independently, if that's something you want to do.
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