My daughter will be 2 in a few weeks and still has a great deal of trouble with sleeping. I get alot of criticism that her problem is related to extended breastfeeding and cosleeping.
She has never slept more than 3 hours straight and I'm lucky if she only wakes every 2 hours. She slept in a bassinet at my bedside for the first 5 months and would consistently sleep 3 hrs but I was getting exhausted waking for 1/2 hour each feed. Once she got too big for the bassinet she refused to sleep in a crib. It was then we stared cosleeping.
Fast forward to now and an average night has her waking 5-10 times. Frequently she will wake even more often. The nice thing about cosleeping is she just searches for my breast, latches and settles without a big fuss. Mind you it is still tiresome waking that often and she stays at the breast comfort sucking for along time so I can't move to get comfortable.
Another aspect that is difficult is if I am not right beside her in physical contact she will wake up crying in a panic. I get up to use the bathroom about 2 times a night and as soon as I am up she starts screaming. I talk to her while I am out of the room but it doesn't help. Then when I return she latches and falls back asleep. I'm not even certain she wakes up. Sometimes she screams and calls for me with her eyes closed if she can't touch me.
I do not believe in crying it out methods and love cosleeping. I also believe in child led weaning. At this point. She has mainly weaned from breastfeeding except when sleeping.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
Needless to say I'm chronically, functionally exhausted. Lol