@gingermillie will she take a bottle? I went through the same thing when DS was around that age, and it was because I physically couldn't keep up the feeds. I wasn't satisfying him overnight just from bf and he wasn't interested in solids at all.
When he started having a bottle of formula before bed he would at least get in a four hour stretch (five or six if I was lucky!).
I'm also thinking teething or growth spurt may be your issue too. Hang in there sweet x
I have seen you write on this point time and time again VP. How do you get a baby (under 12 months) to eat more? How? If they refuse? If they squeeze their mouth shut? If they hit your hand away? If they turn their heads?
I did BLW with DS2 but in my desperation to get him to sleep better - and being told if he ate more (especially protein) he would sleep better I also tried spoon feeding purees, tried store bought sachets etc.... He refused.
So how do you get a baby who refuses to eat - to eat?
Meh. DS refused solids. Ate minimal solids at 12 months. Slowly ate more. At almost 3 he eats better but still not heaps.
I was not going to force him to eat when he was not interested or refused to.
Must be why he was a terrible sleeper.
Oh OP. Also I am pretty sure (hazy memory) that DS had weird phases of waking up and not sleeping for a while at night (or getting up at 4). Is your DD crying? Or just happy to chat and settle? I'd just let her chat away for a while if you can.
Ok thanks for all the replies I REALLY REALLY appreciate it. I'll try answer the questions in one go!
Yes have tried dymadon previously instead of Panadol - same thing. She has issues with anything going in her mouth that's not breastmilk straight from the tap 😁
Haven't tried nurofen. See above don't think she'd take it but also she's got reflux so I'd be hesitant using ibuprofen.
Have given paracetamol tonight so fingers crossed.
The sleep school had a paed look at her and several child health nurses observe her eating. She flat out refuses spoon feeding. Clamps her mouth shut and turns away, hits the spoon away and refuses to turn around. Omg frustrating! Have been trying now for over 2 months. I don't know what else to do I can't force feed her. They said that yes she's very resistant and just focus on food play mainly but still try some spoon feeding at each mealtime.
As an example tonight she did well she played with a cottage cheese wholemeal sandwich sucked it quite a bit, then nibbled some cauliflower and had probably 2 tablespoons of pear and blueberry and 1 tablespoon of custard. That was a roaring success for her. Not very healthy but it's a start.
Re the room temp yes we have checked it using an infrared thermometer and there is a heater with thermostat in there too. Room is 20-21 consistently. I could try a 2.5tog bag.
Blanket and sheet is for her to feel 'tucked in' if she isn't tucked in her legs go everywhere and she can't sleep.
Will try ignore her if she wakes wanting to play tonight. It's hard as she starts off squealing and shrieking then grumbles and grizzles louder and louder.
I'm doing about 4-5 breastfeeds per 24 hours at the moment and she's 7.8kg (2.6 at birth and currently gaining 100-200g a week still 😁).
She won't really take a bottle we gave up trying so no formula and no help either ☹
I think it might be teething, might be habit, might be lack of food, might be personality. Maybe a lucky combination of all of them. But I think we are doing all the right things I'm just so freaking tired and officially back at work this week and postgrad study resumes in 2 weeks. I have no family help and DH is hardly ever home. I don't want help just a baby who sleeps 😡 seriously never doing this again I am so not cut out for this. Luckily she's a delightfully happy joyous little girl now
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