It seems like I have a problem, well that’s what I keep being told anyway. (Though whenever I try to read up on it I find that a lot of breastfeeding mothers do this and do not consider it a problem)
Boo feeds to sleep, both for her two day time naps at to sleep on an evening (and for the majority of her nighttime wakings aswell.
I don’t mind this really at the minute as I am on maternity leave, and I don’t mind devoting this time to Boo. Most nights she is only up once of twice. The issue is I suppose, when I am back at work in November for 2 long days each week. Obviously I am going to be unable to feed her to sleep for her daytime naps, and I don’t just want to carry on as we are until she starts nursery because that’s going to be a big shock for her.
I have been resistant to sleep training since a health visitor told me to just leave a 6 week old Boo in her moses basket to cry after she had been fed/changed etc as ‘a crying baby is a healthy baby’ (something which I disagree with, I couldn’t leave my baby to cry without trying to comfort her. It is a good job I didn’t do that as Boo was suffering from reflux and it would have been awful to leave her suffering alone.
So I am trying to find ways to get Boo to go in to her cot awake and settle herself to sleep. I know she can do this as sometimes when she wakes on a night she cries for about 5 seconds and before I get to her room she is back asleep. However, I seem to be making little progress and sometimes it feels quite disheartening, short of getting her in the pram and walking her to sleep each nap (which I suppose is slightly better as someone else can do this whereas I am the only one who can feed Boo).
I guess I am reluctant to make major changes because then I will have to admit to myself that returning to work and leaving Boo is drawing ever closer. I am going to have to search a bit more for a method I agree with to help teach Boo how to self settle.