I've broken the cardinal rule and am in the long-standing habit of breastfeeding my 16 month old to sleep. It's probably the only reason I'm still breastfeeding at this late stage but I don't know how to disassociate the breastfeeding with sleeping. It's become part of the 'routine' and she has always had such terrible sleeping habits that I'm afraid to change the routine at all. Bub has one afternoon nap and also gets a feed to go to sleep at night and also if she wakes up during the night (which she usually does 1 to 2 times a night). The thing is that she isn't usually asleep when I leave the room and sometimes (especially at night bedtime - between 7 and 7.30pm) she will still cry and cry when I put her down and it takes forever to 'control comfort' her to sleep (and even longer if I try and stay in there to put her to sleep). It can take an hour or more of incredible stress to get her to sleep, so I'm terribly afraid to go through this every single time, if I stop breastfeeding. Breastfeeding really does seem to be the only thing that calms her down sometimes. It's the reason I started doing it in the first place - it was just so much easier and less traumatic on both of us. However, now that I want to stop the boob (and hopefully encourage her to sleep through the night), I don't know how. Can you help?
Amanda, NSW, 5mth baby