When I googled "American Academy of Pediatrics" and sleep... this is what I got. http://www.healthychildren.org/engli...-to-Sleep.aspx
The most it says is "wait a few minutes to respond to your child's fussing." Then it suggests checking on them to see if they are hungry, wet, dirty, or if something else is wrong. It also mentions in the first line that children's sleep patterns are irregular until at least six months, and it's normal for the baby to sleep only a few hours at a time. So where does any ped. come off recommending CIO at 4 months? Grrrrr.
Sorry to rant... just frustrating.
Katie - April 2010 . . . Drew - May 2007
Yeah, that makes me mad when I hear of others recommending that (or *shudder* BabyWise)
I nursed Brayden to sleep until he was 14.5 months old - about the same time we weaned entirely. He actually gave it up on his own - my supply was so low at that point, he got pissed off instead of relaxing, so I just quit offering and he was FINE with that.
He learned to put himself to sleep shortly thereafter (though since he's almost 3, we're going through the 2/3 yo "I DONT WANT TO GO TO BED!" phase)
I *am* a pedi, and I tell parents this: I will discuss medical things - development, speech, growth, vaccines, safety, stuf like taht. I do NOT give parenting advice. Just FYI, if you ask me for parenting advice, I'll give it to you, but it's based on what worked for ME, which is mostly AP style (Im a crunchy granola mom) and it may or may not work for you. take what works and leave the rest.
I especially love it when pedis who dont have kids take hardline stances on things like extended breastfeeding, sleep training, and getting rid of the pacifier. SO MANY of them at the 1 yo visit say "Ok, ditch the bottle/boob, take away the pacifier, and get him sleeping in his own crib. he's old enough now."
REALLY? um, no.
Why does it seem like doctors on more the 'crunchy granola' end of the spectrum themselves are more likely to be open-minded to all the various parenting styles, where those on the other side tend to push their own beliefs more?? Certainly there are exceptions, but I have heard of a lot more people complaining of being pushed to the hardline approach when they didn't like it rather than the other way around.
DD nursed to bed until she was about 2 years old (we nursed til 3 years) now at 5 years old she gives me a hug and a kiss when she's tired and will put herself to bed. Co-dependence at an early age has been shown to lead to independence in children. DS either nurses to sleep or dh rocks him to sleep at almost 9 months old.
Jade, momma to Ariana 5/23/06 and Trystan 9/28/10
You've gotten good advice so far, but I wanted to add my own perspective. I think it's precisely *because* I'm a full-time WOH mom that I crave my child's bedtime nursing. There's no better way to relax at the end of a long day than with my snuggly little man latched on and heading off to dreamland. (Well, actually, a glass of wine & back rub from DH is better, but that comes after the kids are in bed...) He's so on the go all the time, and when I get home it's a whirlwind of cooking dinner, looking at everything the kids did during the day, listening to all their stories, running around after him because he says, "Mama get me!" and then finally getting everyone ready for bed. The fact that I can just hold him & snuggle him at bedtime for more than 2 seconds is a treasure that I cherish.
Some nights he nurses, then rolls over & sings a little song to himself before he falls asleep, other nights he nurses to sleep & I have to pop him off (sometimes 2 or 3 times if he goes after the breast!) and occasionally he falls asleep while we're reading a book before we even get to the nursing. My little guy is almost two and when he was about 18mos I started a routine that will hopefully take him into independent sleep. I pat his back, tell him a story, talk him through relaxing his body, tell him how much we love him. With my daughter, I started doing those things while she was nursing, then started doing them before she nursed, and then finally did them instead of nursing. Good luck, you know your baby better than anyone, do what is right for the two of you, not anyone else!
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