If you can believe it, these words actually came out of someone’s mouth 😱
It won’t surprise you that this golden tidbit 🙄came from the sleep trainer we used, during a takeover on an account I follow.
Skipping your sunscreen once isn’t 𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙨, but it may have undesirable side effects.
Drinking and cutting your own hair isn’t 𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙨, but it may have undesirable side effects.
Waxing off your eyebrows isn’t 𝙙𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙨, but it may have undesirable side effects.
Those are reasonable sentences. Telling parents that nursing to sleep isn’t dangerous, while implying that it’s still really bad anyway, is just flat out fear mongering.
In case I haven’t been clear enough before, let me really spell it out:
𝙉𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡. 𝙉𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙞𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡. 𝙉𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙗𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥𝙛𝙪𝙡. 𝙉𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙡𝙚𝙚𝙥 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖 𝙗𝙖𝙙 𝙝𝙖𝙗𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙗𝙧𝙤𝙠𝙚𝙣.
The only time nursing to sleep will be detrimental is if you’re following a sleep plan that relies on using separation to “teach” your child to sleep (which literally isn’t something that can be done), and giving your child the connection they naturally seek will get in the way of that plan.
This is why sleep trainers position nursing to sleep as a bad habit. They would be out of business if they started telling parents that nursing to sleep was okay.
You’re probably thinking, “but 𝘺𝘰𝘶 make money off helping parents sleep better too!” – and you’re right.
But my job is to help formulate plans that help a parent follow their instincts, not fight them. I don’t prey on a parents’ fear of sleep deprivation, I empower parents to make changes that are right for their whole family ❤️
📣 If you’re comfortable sharing with other parents: what has been the most useful piece of advice you’ve learned from being here with me?