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How to stop breastfeeding to sleep

how to stop breastfeeding to sleep - parents share their tipsI am currently bf my 11 month to sleep and looking to stop. What methods have worked for u, looking to see how to stop breastfeeding to sleep.

Pat and or shhh

  • I just went to sleep school for the same reason…. They got me to pat and shhh my lo until settled then shh him and or pat mattress. Its hard n ur little one may cry or scream for a bit. But does get easier my little man screamed 2hrs for the first 2nights now he’s up set no longer than 15mins Angie
  • I stopped bf my 8mo to sleep at night 2 weeks ago. He was already self settling during the day. I changed routine to be, solids, bf, shower, book, bed. I also get hubby to put him to bed. We put him down awake, he usually whinges for 5min. Hubby goes in & gives him bum pats till he is calm & sleepy then leaves. He sleeps much better now too. Elizabeth

Books or sleep programs that worked

  • See elizabeth Pantley no cry sleep solution Kimmy
  • No Tears Self Soothing by Heidi Holvoet and also Save our Sleep by Tizzie Hall have been life savers for us! We have a bedtime/nap time routine that we follow every time so that he knows it’s sleep time and he generally goes down without any fuss (sometimes he might just play and babble in his cot for a bit before nodding off). He also has his comforter which he snuggles up to. We used to rock, sing and pat him to sleep and it was just killing us as he was dependant on us for him to go to sleep so as soon as we were able to replace us for a comforter it just made things a lot easier! Lauren
  • If your not adverse to a few tears I recommend the Sleep Sense program. If you would like a copy just let me know. Shannon
  • I bf my boy to sleep until 11months then tried the sleep sense method where I could stay in room with him whilst he learnt to fall asleep! I personally couldn’t just leave him cry it out…Within 2 nights sleeping through with no night feeds! Hard at first but great results !  Ulrika

Stories and music

  • We implemented a new routine whereby I read stories & played sleepy music whilst feeding, then gradually dropped the feed times & eventually was able to put my girl down awake, took about 2 weeks Mel

Nothing working

  • My little guy is 21 months and I can’t break the habit. We are off to sleep school next month. I’m desperate for some sleep. ….awake anywhere up to 6 times a night! Jody

Rock to sleep

  • I have done all my 3 kids , at the moment my girl is 1 and I rock her to sleep and did it also to my boys. I love it , having that time and watching them fall asleep in my arms. The boys never hurt them, my 4 year old I lay with him, my 7 year old goes to sleep on his own. Amanda

Substitute with a bottle

  • I feed bub a bottle in my bed. She lays on my pillow and falls asleep there. This still gives her the attachment without bf. She’s taken to it very easily. Stephanie

Car or pram

  • Car and pram only method I have found without distress and tears. Started to just go down on his own when put in cot (for 3 days straight) and I thought he had done it but got sick and 2 months on we r back in the habit. Unless it is a problem or you can’t do it anymore then just keep doing it I say. It doesn’t hurt anyone and is so soothing and reassuring for your baby so don’t think of it as a bad habit. Eve

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