Nursing to sleep
What we hear:
Your baby is using you as a pacifier.
This is going to become a 'bad habit.'
You're going to be the only one who can put your baby to sleep forever.
Nursing is a negative sleep association.
This is going to become a sleep crutch.
What we should hear:
This is biologically normal.
All carry mammals nurse to sleep in infancy.
Countless moms have done this before, and are nursing to sleep right now.
This is calming.
Your oxytocin is flowing well.
This is beautiful.
This is nourishing.
Nursing to sleep will fade away on its own when the time is right for my baby.
This builds trust.
Nursing to sleep encourages a hearty supply.
Sleep hormones from nursing to sleep allow my baby to fall asleep naturally.
This will not last forever and be over before I know it...