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Nighttime nursing doesn't disturb my sleep

Nursing at night is a common point of contention. I've read and heard so many comments about baby sleep patterns that are completely opposite of my experience, I wondered if the commenters even had kids. What were they doing that made their experience so much different than mine? Did I figure out the magic that allows me to sleep and feel rested without night weaning?

At first I didn't trust my experience because I only had one child. That's only one data point. Kids are so different. Sleep patterns can vary wildly from one child to another. Then I had my second kiddo. And that's when I started to feel like I was some weird phenomenon. I nursed two kids, at night, on demand, and still woke up most mornings feeling rested. What was I doing so differently?

This is about nursing at night, not just sleeping right? Yes. I've realized that my attitude around their sleep habits have allowed me to nurse at night, on demand, and get the sleep I need too. Because we cosleep and I don't freak out when they wake me up at night, I can nurse and fall asleep nursing like I was never awake. I rarely wake fully. My mind and body have come to expect the night nursing sessions and have adapted such that I can be available to them in a zombie like quasi sleep state. My mind is lucid enough to get a nipple to the right place, then I'm off to sleep again the next instant.

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On Sense and Sensitivity

I had a seizure last Thursday and I've been in recovery mode for the past few days. What helps most is getting a solid night's rest. I noticed that I haven't been getting enough of those lately and not just because I'm a new mom, but also because I was choosing to have "me" time after everyone was asleep. I wouldn't get into bed until well after midnight and then everything's thrown off with my little one's night nursing and then having to wake up fairly early.

I took a queue from Lilnor recently. Hubby and I have been doing a bedtime routine with her. He reads her a story and prays with her. Then I come in to nurse her, sing to her, om to her (crazy, right?) and then rock her to sleep. She either goes right to sleep or plays a little in her crib until she tuckers out. I figured if she needs a routine, maybe I do, too.

I've slept well recently after doing a couple things:

Other things that help during the day:

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