WAKING MORE FREQUENTLY AT NIGHT
My daughter is 15.5 months old and I am a WOHM who nurses through
the night. Lately she has been wanting to nurse MORE. She used
to just nurse 1-2x/night for about 5 minutes or so. Now it's 2-3x
and she nurses for 10 minutes or more. I feel like we are moving
more backwards than forwards. She gets plenty to eat during the
day. Is this just a phase she is going through?
It probably is a phase and I can guarantee it won't last forever.
Babies nurse for so many reasons besides hunger: loneliness, nightmares,
temporary insecurity due to developmental "separation anxiety,"
or discomfort from teething or a cold. There is no way for me
to know why she is waking up more frequently lately, but I do
know that stressing about it and looking at it as a step backwards
is not going to help the situation.
tons of books on the market that claim to be able to teach parents
how to train their babies to sleep, but if those methods really
worked, then new theories and books on the topic wouldn't be coming
out all the time, and the person who really had it all figured
out would be a billionaire.
really a breastfeeding problem, because formula-fed toddlers often
go through periods of more frequent wakefulness as well. If you're
nursing, you have a built in way to comfort your baby and nurse
her back to sleep (one of many benefits of breastfeeding).
The one thing
that I can tell you for sure is that this, too, shall pass. One
day the same clingy little toddler who wants constant attention
from you will be jumping in a car and leaving on a date with a
teenage boy, while you are sitting at home wondering what she's
doing and what time she'll get back. Believe me, this will happen
before you know it and you will have fond memories of these toddler
days when she needed you so much.
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