my 8 months baby has a habit to keep my nipple in his mouth and sleep

Hi my 8 months old boy has a habit of keeping my breasts nipple in his mouth like a pacifier and sleep, he does not take milk from the bottle nipple and also hates if pacifier is given to him and wakes up and starts crying aloud in the night if i remove my nipple.

I am 80kg in weight and it really pains me to do. Now both of us are landing with sleep problems. please please help. I breastfeed my child along with weaning

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Oct 14, 2011
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Comfort
by: Elsabe

Sounds like he just needs the comfort and closeness to you mama. Have you tried wearing him in a wrap/sling/carrier during the day? It's most likely just a phase he's going through and needs the reassurance that you are there for him. Carrying him more during the day might help him learn you are always there for him.

Another thing I would've tried if it were my baby, is to slowly make the time shorter that you allow him to sleep with your nipple in his mouth. Decrease it by a minute or two every night until he's used to not doing it and not crying about it as much anymore.

Does he sleep in your room or his own?

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comfort nursing
by: Tracy

Hey,

I had the same problem with my little girl, it doesn't matter how much she has had, she will comfort feed all day long if she could. Now recently what I started to do was 1. Keep to a bedtime routine 2. Put her to bed at a certain time at night 3. Put her in her own room.

I go into the dark room, after giving her a nice warm bath...breastfeed her until she shows signs that she is sleepy, roll her over on her tummy (she sleeps best like this) then leave the room.

Since I've been doing this she has started sleeping right through the night. I think the thing is, when your baby lies next to you at night, he can smell your breast milk...also like Elsabe said...he just wants to be close to you.

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falls asleep while nursing

by Carla
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My 4 weeks old baby girl falls asleep every time when I'm breastfeeding her and I do everything to wake her up then she can have enough milk but nothing seems to work, as soon as I put her in the cot she wakes up crying!! Or sometimes she wakes up 20 min after and have to feed her again

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