Toddler Breastfeeding

Toddlers, tandem, and everyday nursing

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Snoozing

Sometimes I'm fortunate enough to snooze in the morning while Desmond is nursing. This happens, maybe, once a month ;)             

Cosleeping and breastfeeding is a powerful combo. When Desmond wants to nurse, he just sorta swats at me, I pop out a boob, and he latches and does the rest. Neither of us fully wake. And if we do, we're back to sleeping immediately. Most of the time I couldn't tell you how many times we nursed that night, nor do I feel overly tired from being disturbed. Of course, on days when Desmond is teething badly or very unsettled we don't sleep well. After an average night of nursing we both wake up rested. If I had to guess how many times I nursed at night I'd say somewhere between 5-10 times (between Desmond and Chase). When Chase was young, we tried the conventional approach to sleeping. He was in another room in a crib. I had to drag myself down the hall each time he woke up. Worst sleep of my life. I am so grateful we found another way that works so much better for us. You have no idea.

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On No Status Quo

Along with exercise and nutrition, sleep is one of the primary determinants of your happiness and wellbeing. If you don't get good sleep, you will not only be tired, but also pessimistic, unmotivated, lazy or even depressed.

Research has shown that self control is a limited resource that is greatly diminished when you're exhausted. If you don't get good sleep, you are less likely to be productive and stick to your good habits (such as exercise). You are also more likely to do things that you know are bad for you (such as eating sweets).

Good REM sleep plays a critical role in the development of long term memories. If you're trying to learn anything at all, you better make sure you get enough high quality sleep.

Proper sleep is also essential for maintaining a robust immune system. If you want to be happy, healthy, smart and productive, you have must make sure you get good sleep.

Do you think that your physical health and emotional wellbeing can be considered in isolation? Think again. They both come from the same body, and they both require that you sleep well.

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