Just wondering if there are any other moms out there in my shoes? My baby daughter loves to nurse all through the night, and that's what we do. She used to sleep 6 hours at a stretch, but no longer. We moved overseas and now we co-sleep (before she had a crib beside the bed), and any time she rouses she roots for the nipple until she finds it, sucks a little or a lot and then nods back off to sleep. Typically it's 3-5 times a night, but sometimes even up to 8 times in an 11 hour period. Recently, when she had her first cold, I didn't get more than 30 minutes of sleep at a time for about 4 days. She nurses through the day of course with either me offering or her requesting.
I'm exhausted. I want to soothe her, I don't want her to feel as though I'm not there for her, but I'm starting to wonder if this "easy all night access" is doing more harm than good for me and for her? I want to be there for her, not wanting her to feel alone, yet I'm wearing down.
Any suggestions? Should I try to schedule her night feedings? Should I get her a crib of her own and stop co-sleeping (which I love!)? Could it be something in her solid food diet or in mine? Is the baby whisperer right? Am I the only mom with a 12 month old still up all night??? I'm starting to get so tired and confused...I feel like I still have a newborn! Help!
One tired plum mama