Q & A: My 6 month old won’t sleep unless she is feeding

My baby is almost six months now, she used to fall asleep on her own, once she’s on her side and has a washcloth in  her hand, now she really depends on me giving her the breast to fall asleep. Otherwise she cries loudly and will not give up, she still doesn’t sleep through the night. I don’t even remember when this all changed.


Hi there,
It’s hard to remember when things change when you become a new mother. Sometimes, it all seems like a blur! Now that your daughter is 6 months old, you can focus on making sure that feeding isn’t the last thing you do before putting her to sleep at night, and nap time too. Maybe after you have fed her, try reading a book or two, then a lullaby and then put her in her bed awake. She may not like it at first,  but you can still soothe her and help her fall asleep, without nursing. It may be a bit tough to make the change, but if you stick with it, it will be a lot easier for you in the long run. Feel free to visit my website for some suggested books and lullabies.  Good luck!

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  • Ashleyrocks911

    I agree. The best thing is to pick a routine and stick with it.  If you cave and start feeding her again when she keeps crying she wins.  The longer you stick with it the easier it will get. 

  • Cmelanso

    I have the same issue….our 5 month old sleeps through the night but won’t go to sleep without falling asleep while nursing at which point I have to quietly carry to his crib in hopes of not waking him up. If I do put him to bed while he’s awake, he screams to no end and is hard to console without offering to breastfeed again.  Any advice is welcomed as I know we should be placing our babies to bed while awake.

  • Dena ellis cook

    This definitely works. I have been doing this routine with my son since he was 2 months old.   At 4 months he goes down really well.  He is sleeping through the night, although at 3 months of age he had a bought of sleep regression for 2 weeks, I found charting his sleep and feeding patterns helpful to make sure he was getting enough sleep through the day…. in the end it was about him breaking free from his swaddle.  Trial and error is the name of this game.  Good luck Ladies!

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