Would love to hear from mums that bf what was your feed & sleep routine? Is it possible to have a breastfed baby sleep right through the night? Will I still need to wake though to express? (I have quite small breasts)
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15-05-2012 22:21 #1
Breastfed babies & sleeping through the night
15-05-2012 22:35 #2Senior Member
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I don't think its very conmon for breastfed babies to sleep through till they are over 12 months. That's my experience but apparently it happens. Breast milk is not very heavy and digests quickly and easily. There is also the comfort factor. I have been slowly night weaning my daughter 11 months old because she is a really bad sleeper and I've been having a lot of luck but I wouldn't suggest it for a much younger baby
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15-05-2012 22:43 #3
What's classed as sleeping through? My DD is 3.5 months old and sleeps 7-8 hours in her first stint and she's solely BF.
15-05-2012 22:53 #4
Hi, my DS is almost 4 months old and generally sleeps from around 10.30pm-6am give or take an hour or two. i consider that sleeping through the night, but I'm not sure what everyone else thinks
I don't express during the night (are you mad, I sleep for as much of that as possible!!!), but I do wake up feeling ridiculously full .
I haven't set that as a rountine, he has always been a big cluster feeder during the evening and has slowly got to sleeping that long through the night. I just thought I'd reply to say I think it's possible, but I can't help with how to set that up as I've just let him establish his own feeding and sleeping 'routine'
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15-05-2012 22:55 #5
Sorry, not a breast feeder, but don't fall for the myth about formula fed babies sleeping through, both mine still wake up (I FFd from birth) and so do many 12 month + FF babies I know.
I also know BFd babies who slept through from 3 months.
It depends more on the baby.
You'll adjust to the lack of sleep, I barely notice it now.
15-05-2012 23:02 #6
so true BlissedOut, whatever those little people want to do, they will, no matter what we try to say about it
16-05-2012 04:50 #7Senior Member
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They'll do it if and when they are ready. My DD (6.5 mo) is now down to one feed overnight and only a half feed at that. I've done nothing to encourage that; she's done it all herself! Every baby is different. One I know slept through (10 hrs) from 8 weeks old.
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16-05-2012 05:05 #8Senior Member
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My DD who is now 12 was solely breast fed and slept straight through the night from 6 weeks! From around 11 to 6 then back to sleep till 9. I'm hoping my new little princess does the same
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16-05-2012 05:23 #9
My DD is 4 month old and solely breastfed. She has randomly slept through - going from around 8pm - 4/5am on 4 separate occasions. There wasn't anything different that I did on these nights to any other night, she just did it!
I did have to get up and express on most of these nights as I was so uncomfortable that I couldn't sleep and was also leaking alot.
An average night for us is 3 wake ups, I'm used to that now and mostly feel quite rested when I wake up.
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16-05-2012 05:34 #10
My baby is 14 weeks old and is still waking every 2 hours at night! Yesterday I stretched his day feeds to every 3 hours so tonight he has woken every 3 hours.
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