9 month old insists on staying latched after falling asleep

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Registered: 09-20-2007
9 month old insists on staying latched after falling asleep
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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 1:06am

Hi!

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Registered: 01-12-2006
My gut tells me he's teething. My girls all behaved this way while teething. I ultimately coslept with both girls because I refused to be w/o sleep myself ... so I could sleep and they could nurse. Win-win.

But not everyone is comfortable w/ cosleeping ... have you tried nursing him and then giving him to your DH to put down? Sometimes my DH would have better luck than I would.

But I do think that radical changes in behavior are frequently accompanied by health issues or developmental milestones ... and they usually work themselves out when you least expect it.

Hang in there!
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Registered: 09-20-2007

I think you're right!

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Registered: 04-13-2008

Just curious, is there a specific reason that you plan to wean him at 12 months?

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Registered: 06-10-2008
I'd vote for teething too. When Jason was teething, he would nurse nonstop day and night and it would kill me. I did cosleep part time though and during those demanding periods, I would just bring him in my bed and power through it. I hope this is a short-lived phase for you!
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Registered: 05-20-2008
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I don't know whether your plan is to wean completely at 12 months, or if plan is to nurse at least until 1 year and then decide whether to continue to nurse beyond that at that time, but if you don't already know this, there is no reason you have to wean at a year and there are indeed benefits to continuing to nurse beyond that. The following link explains the benefits to nursing beyond a year:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html

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Registered: 09-20-2007

Thanks for the advice. It's been on and off lately.

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Registered: 04-13-2008

Nursing for comfort and to go to sleep is all quite normal. There is nothing wrong at all with it. And even for babies that do this, most of them are quite accepting if their mother is not there that they just get a cuddle or whatever from whoever is looking after them. But if you are there, then there is no reason not to nurse at all. Whether it is for food or for comfort, both of these are legitimate needs of a baby, and nursing to meet either or both of these needs is important for your little one. It will not spoil a baby to do this, rather, it helps them feel more secure as they grow to independence naturally.

Teresa

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Registered: 09-20-2007

Thanks for your response Teresa.