Our three year old largely depends on the breast to go to bed at night. While there are so many benefits to night nursing, here are four mishaps when she falls asleep on the breast.
1. She Bites
With or without teeth our children clamp their mouth’s shut when they sleep. This may not happen with all babies, but it does with our girls. I’ve experienced toothless, emerging teeth and mouth full of teeth bites. They all have different levels of pain and inevitably happen when the babies fall asleep on the breast.
2. Mouth Full Of Milk
Our older daughter used to fall asleep with the breast in her mouth and because I had an abundance of milk, she would have a mouth full of it in the middle of the night - which I’m sure was not a good thing.
Now I am not blessed with as much milk, so we don’t have that problem anymore.
3. Unable to Toss and Turn
The luxury of tossing and turning during sleep becomes slightly more complicated when their is another human being attached to my body. My husband claimed I body slammed the girls in the middle of the night because I literally had to pick them up and put them on the other side of my body multiple times while I was sleeping.
4. Wake Throughout The Night
My children follow me even in their sleep. If they wake and that nipple is not in their mouth — they will come and find it. Which means I am frequently interrupted by a snacking child, extreme bouts of dryness, or simply because I am unable to find a comfortable position that suits the both of us.
Do you have any stories of baby falling asleep on the breast?
Until next time…
Peace & Love,
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