Breastfeeding and Room sharing - help!

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Breastfeeding and Room sharing - help!
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Sun, 08-09-2009 - 11:29pm

I SO don't know what to do. I hardly ever post on my playgroup and don't know anyone in my current situation. The books I've read "The No Cry Sleep Solution" and most recently "Goodnight, Sleep tight." the latter deals with a gentle crying ("Sleep Lady Shuffle") method to get your baby to sleep longer. BUT, none of these books or anything I have come across deals with co-sleeping AND room sharing! I swear, someone needs to write one of these sleep books specific to people living in big cities and small apartments. I don't know what to do. I can't ever let DD cry it out even a little bit because we all have to sleep and we all have to sleep in the same room (having her sleep in the LR is not an option).
DD will be a year old next month! She's wonderful, growing well, etc. She does NOT sleep more than 3 hours at a time and that's the longest stretch she has. Once we're in the bedroom and/or she's in our bed, she wakes every hour or two to nurse. She also nurses in the morning, before morning nap, before afternoon nap, in the afternoon during a fussy time, before bedtime. She hardly eats any solids.

I'm sorry this post is all over the place, but I need help.
thanks for any advice you can offer. I guess one question out of all of this would be, considering our living situation, how can I wean her from these all-through-the-night feedings and get her to rely more on solids? I'm not ready to wean completely, but definitely want to change the night. (pacifiers, loveys, don't work either).
thanks
Sarah

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Mon, 08-10-2009 - 12:11am

((((HUGS))))


You are NOT the only one with a baby that is not STTN at the age of 1 year.


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Mon, 08-10-2009 - 9:39am

hi! Thank you so much for passing on the statistics AND for letting me know I'm not alone. Sure feels that way when my baby is this old and still barely sleeps a 3 hour stretch. I was happy last night that she gave me 2.5 hours! Just doesn't seem normal.
anyway, to answer your questions...I am a SAHM. DD has never taken expressed milk from a bottle. It's always just been me,all the time! I BF when she wakes in the morning and I BF before morning nap. Sometimes I BF around noon if there's fussiness, then BF before afternoon nap (by the way, she will ONLY nap if I am there next to her. Sometimes she only sleeps 30 minutes, then wakes up rooting for the breast. I will quickly feed her for a minute and she's back to sleep). I BF in the late afternoon if there's fussiness, then BF before bed at 7:30. Usually she goes 2-3 hours (sometimes less!) and I BF again. Around midnight, she's in my bed and wakes up at least every 2 hours wanting to feed. It's not a full feeding. It's just the only way she knows to go back to sleep and the only way for me and my husband to continue sleeping.
As for solids, I try to feed her cereal/french toast in the morning, cereal/fruit/veggie for lunch, meat/fruit/veggie for dinner. She's so disinterested though that some days she will have one bit of cereal, a few chunks of avocado the WHOLE day!
I'm trying not to feel like I'm doing a million things wrong!

Thanks again
Sarah

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Tue, 08-11-2009 - 4:39am

YOu are NOT doing a million things wrong.


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