Latched on whole night while asleep.
My little one is now 13 months and has been exclusively breastfed. She had a tongue tie and it was diagnosed and the frenctomy was done only at the 5th month. Until around her 7th month, breastfeeding was a nightmare for her and me! The baby couldn’t latch on until she was asleep. I would rock her to sleep every few hours so I could feed her. I also had the problem of fast let down which made the baby very uncomfortable. From the 7th month until now, I have been enjoying breastfeeding her and the baby has been showing a genuine interest to feed unlike before when it always was a struggle to get her to latch on! I never bother to sleep train because I couldn’t let myself see her cry, and she has always slept off nursing. It never bothered me that I had to wake up 2-3 times at night to feed her. She sleeps in her crib in our bedroom.
The past month however has been difficult. She wakes up about 6-7 times at night, and won’t sleep unless nursed. We started co sleeping as it was easier that way to feed her multiple times at night. Now the last week every night she has slept latched on, any attempt at unlatching would start an episode of screaming and crying which won’t end unless breastfed. She’s teething too and that’s making my breast so sore by morning! Both mine and the baby’s sleep quality has gone down hill and we are so cranky by morning. I wake up without any energy to get through the day!
Her morning feed times haven’t changed much. I feed her only before her nap time and she takes 2 naps.
She has always had a healthy interest in food but because she most of the time full on milk she hasn’t been eating much solids the last few weeks.
I don’t want to stop breastfeeding completely right now, although I intend to go back to work by the time the baby is 2 years old and it would be great if she’s weaned off by then.
I’d like to hear any advice tips that could help me through this phase. How can I get my baby to fall asleep independently? Do I have to wean her so she can learn to sleep well?
A great place to get support for your difficulties would be a La Leche League support group. You would find other mothers there who had been through the same experiences and have lots of suggestions for you. Or if you can’t get to a Group you could speak to a local Leader. See the LLLGB website here. In the mean time see Baby Waking up at Night for lots of ideas and further reading. Good luck!