Friday, May 20, 2011

Let go of my nipple!

When I'm not home, Sasha just plays until she lies down and falls asleep. You never know where that might be!

party til ya dropSasha sleeping in the doorway to the other room.
April 2011

If I'm home, though, Sasha most often nurses to sleep. In fact, she always nurses to sleep if the option is here.

Nursing in Family BedNursing in our Family Bed
April 2011

The position shown above is NOT common for going to sleep, though. That is more of a slowly-waking-in-the-morning or still sleeping in kind of position for us. Most often, you'll see Sasha nurse to sleep on the Boppy. Even at night, I just lower the Boppy (with her on it) onto the floor... once I get her detached! And there in-lies the occasional issue. Sometimes Sasha just does NOT want to let my nipple loose! There have been times that I swear she suckled all night long! It is mostly nap time, though, that I can't seem to get away from her.

Then I read about the Pantley-Pull-Off. It is really meant as a way to teach your baby NOT to nurse to sleep, but only to relax. You pull away before she is asleep and let her doze off on her own. I really, really don't mind her nursing to sleep! However, I don't want to be attached for an entire sleep session! So I started trying this PPO thing... and it works (most of the time)! Here is what you do: The trick is to remove your nipple, but also to hold pressure just under baby's chin. It's like if she can't open her mouth, she figures she doesn't need nipple or something! It is like some odd sort of magic trick! It doesn't work every time, but I am loving the successes!

Sasha NursingSasha nursing to sleep at 16 months
January 2011

To read more about the Pantley-Pull-Off and other No-Cry Sleep Solutions, check out the article on peaceful parenting. It is worth bookmarking!


  1. Hysterical phptos. I love that she falls asleep anywhere. Thank you for the link to Pantley's technique. I wish I'd had that for ds1 as he was an all-night latcher. My others usually delatch and roll over to go to sleep, but I do use that on occasion. It's nice to know the exact technique.

  2. Love the sleeping on the floor picture! My older child was into that in a big way too, but my younger (also Sasha!) never liked it.

    And the headline... I know how you feel!

  3. I have been struggling with this too -- only nursing my 10 mth old to sleep and sometimes getting upset because nothing could get done during his naps. I decided to TRY nursing him, not in his room, but then taking him off, going in his dark, quiet room, and reading his good night book, singing a lullaby. I tried it the first time yesterday. IT WORKED. I was ready for him to begin fussing and need the breast. He actually want to sleep, grabbed his stuffed bunny and was almost out by the time I got out of the room. All of the sudden my little boy is growing up. I wanted to do this transition before he could yell 'mama mama', and it has worked. For yesterday's two naps and night time! He also had his best night sleep last night (10 1/2 complete hours with no wake ups). I think that he needed this just as much as me. Of course I want him to need me, but he is learning on his own -- and it was especially great because there were no tears involved, he has cried much more than that screaming for the breast before. So, Pantley's didn't work for me. This did. But I know that you may not want to give it up -- we also don't co-sleep so that's an issue I'm not dealing with. We are 4 naps, and 1 night's sleep down! I can't believe it's working, I just had to try it :) Best of luck to you and yours.


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