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19-02-2012 18:48 #11
19-02-2012 23:59 #12
Haha...it is all easier said than done, of course!! I think the answer lies in how desperately you want/need to get a bit more sleep...it is SO easy just to quickly boob them back to sleep isn't it? I am a sucker for it too...
How do you settle your bub to sleep normally? If you b/f to sleep every time it could be difficult. I use the pat/shush type method, which is what I have found works best - though the earlier you start the better. I have tried hard to gently teach my bubs to self settle from around 6 weeks (I didn't with my first child and she was a nightmare sleeper who very nearly broke me!)
I would suggest using whatever method you use to settle bub to sleep (providing that isnt b/f to sleep). Try to cut one feed at a time, say the 2 am feed. So rather than b/f, just try to resettle. It will be hard work, so be prepared to maybe get less sleep (yikes!!) than usual for a few nights. Have you Dh on hand to help, sometime babies settle better for dads since they lack the comforting boobies! Even if you can get her to sleep for another hour it will work towards breaking the 2hrly cycle. Try if for a few nights and see if it makes any difference...Even if you try the 10.30pm feed when you have more energy to try to resettle....
I agree with MH - try feeding better, fuller feeds in the day less often. My LO often feeds poorly in the day now that he is so distracted so a quiet, darkened room is best. And then wait an hour or so before trying solids.
I don't really think introducing formula now will solve sleeping issues. I know plenty of b/f bubs that STTN from a young age (not any of my babies!!) and plenty of F/F bubs that night wake as well.
This parenting gig is not easy is it? And harder when you are shattered through sleep deprivation .
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20-02-2012 12:36 #13
Mine is only 12 weeks and he's exactly the same. No matter how I settle him, he'll wake up every 2 hours, sometimes even 1 hour. I have tested feeding him 1 mins and a full feed, he woke up 2 hours after that in both cases so I guess it's comfort sucking more than hunger. I have tried to let DH settle him and he went back to sleep after 10 mins protesting. But 10 mins at night is like forever and DH has to go to work early in the morning. If I try to rock him back to sleep he makes his mouth like a little vacuum machine and sucks through my shirt So so far I still feed him to resettle and hope he'll grow out of it
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22-02-2012 13:51 #18Member
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I co-slept since Dd was a newborn and she breastfeeds anytime she wants the whole night. She's almost 6 months now. Happy baby, happy mummy!
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