How to Break Breastfeeding Sleep Association
If you’re a nursing mother who is sleep training your baby, you may be wondering how to break the breastfeeding sleep association. After all, you want your baby to be able to fall asleep on their own, without needing to nurse.
There are a few things you can do to break the breastfeeding sleep association and help your baby learn to fall asleep on their own.
First, it’s important to establish a bedtime routine. This can include things like a bath, reading a book, and singing a lullaby. This will help your baby to know that it’s time to wind down for the night.
Then, when it’s time to nurse, do so in a quiet, dark room. Try to avoid nursing your baby to sleep in a rocking chair or other comfortable place, as this can make it harder for them to learn to fall asleep on their own.
Once your baby is sleepy, but not yet asleep, put them in their crib or bed. If they cry, you can offer a pacifier or gently pat their back. However, try to avoid picking them up and rocking them to sleep.
With a little patience and consistency, you can help your baby learn to fall asleep on their own – and break the breastfeeding sleep association.
If you’re still nursing your baby to sleep and you want to break that sleep association, here are some tips from sleep consultant Amy Jordan.
1. Put your baby down drowsy but awake.
This means that you should nurse your baby until he or she is starting to fall asleep, but not all the way. Then, put your baby down in the crib or bassinet while he or she is still awake.
2. Use a sleep cue.
A sleep cue is something that you do consistently when it’s time for your baby to sleep. It could be something like singing a lullaby or rubbing your baby’s back.
3. Be patient.
It’s important to be patient when breaking a sleep association. It may take a few nights (or even a week or two) for your baby to get used to falling asleep without nursing.
4. Get help from a sleep consultant.
If you’re struggling to break the breastfeeding sleep association on your own, you may want to consider hiring a sleep consultant. Sleep consultants can help you create a personalized sleep plan for your family and provide support through the entire process.