I felt I just needed to write this after putting my little girl down for her nap and share with you some motherly love.
Well meaning advice suggests you stop feeding to sleep in order to prevent it from becoming a ‘habit’ or a crutch at somepoint in the future. I didn’t follow this advice as much to my dismay baby Ninja stopped falling to sleep while feeding on her own accord. (Then, panic striken, I would spend ages trying to get her to sleep by some other method, eventually relenting and using a dummy but that’s a whole other story. Anyway, I digress.)
I have just put a very tired baby down for a nap and for the first time in ages she fell asleep feeding and it struck me as I gazed at her beautiful and contented face that feeding to sleep is one of the few luxuries you have as a mother of a tiny baby and you should celebrate it and be allowed to enjoy. In my opinion it is one of those beautiful bonding moments that is over all too soon. I understand that some older babies struggle getting back to sleep if they’re not suckling but leave worrying about that bridge if you need to cross it in the future. It doesn’t happen for everyone.