DS3 is coming up to 8 months old and as a newborn was wonderful. Even in the very early days he would only wake once in the night for a long feed / burp then go back in his cot which is a bedside cot next to me, so basically almost like sharing a bed with him. Then at about 5 months (never having slept though the night but still being good) he started to wake more and I would feed him back to sleep as, with 2 other DC, I needed as much sleep as I could to handle the next day OK.
Then after we'd started weaning - about a month ago, he decided he HATED his dummy and wouldn't nap in the day - again to make life easier I would breastfeed him when he was tired and cranky and hey presto he would fall asleep.
So now I have a child who screams if I try to get him to have a day time nap in the house without being breastfed to sleep (he'll sleep no bother in car seat / buggy) and who is now waking 4 or 5 times a night and can't seem to settle himself - only a boob in his mouth will do.
Mmmmm, how did this happen!!! I was much more routine orientated and keen to do the 'right thing' with the other 2 (i.e. in own room / not feed to sleep etc...) but with DS3 its all gone to pot.
So I've decided I need to stop feeding to sleep in the daytime - Tried it today and he screamed for 30 mins before my DH came in and settled him. DH has also offered to look after him all tonight so I can go in the spare room and he'll try to keep settling him but he's never gone a whole night without a milk feed so I'm fairly certain he's going to go mad.
Are there any other thoughts - I hate denying him when he's rooting around for his milk and getting so upset but I know he's using me as a sleep prop, I know he doesn't actually need to milk as he's a good daytime feeded and enjoys his solids.