still feeding during the night???

Amanda - posted on 07/19/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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so my pediatrician told me that once babies hit 3 months, they don't need to eat in the middle of the night anymore. My daughter, who is 3 1/2 months, still wakes up 1-2 times per night (example, last night she went down by 8 and was up at 1 and 4). I am still exclusively nursing (she will not take a bottle) and hasn't started solids (I will start in 3 weeks or so). I don't want to create bad nighttime habits, but nursing is the quickest way to get her to sleep and I don't want her waking up my 2-year-old! What do you all do in the middle of the night???

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Bethany - posted on 07/24/2010

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Don't go by the doubling weight thing. My daughter was sleeping through the night at 10 lbs, and she was 7.5 lb's at birth.
She'll sleep through the night when she's ready to.

Jeanette - posted on 07/24/2010

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Oh wow. If that doubling the birth weight thing is accurate, I have a ways to go before she sleeps through the night. :( Maeve was a big baby.

Nicole - posted on 07/24/2010

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My daughters pediatrian told me yesterday that once a baby doubles their birth weight that's when then they start to sleep through the night. When my daughter wakes I feed her and she falls right back asleep. I would keep feeding her in the middle of the night until she at least doubles her birth weight and if she continues to wake up after that try a pacifier

Bethany - posted on 07/24/2010

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My little lady has been sleeping through the night for a month or so now, and she's 15 weeks old. She exclusively nurses.
However, I think right now she has hit a growth spurt, since she's ready to eat around 4AM. She normally sleeps till 6:30 or 7.

Gemma - posted on 07/24/2010

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My LO is 15 weeks. She has a feed and goes to sleep by 10pm then wakes up about 4am for a feed. I generally feed her one breast then change her bum so she wakes up enough to feed from the other breast. She then goes straight back to sleep for a couple of hours and wakes up about 6am for another feed then straight back to sleep.

Kayla - posted on 07/21/2010

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My son is sooo weird when t comes to that..
He has his last feeding at 915 and is out by 10.. then usually he wakes at 3 to eat but sometimes hell sleep until 6AM. so i guess it just depends.. he usually skips the 3am feeding every other night so i think hes like on his way but im noy sure.

Jeanette - posted on 07/21/2010

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Wow! Your life sounds exactly like mine. My first slept twelve hours a night since she was born. (I got pretty spoiled.) Glad to know my second is not alone in her nighttime snacking habits.
My biggest problem is putting her back in the co-sleeper when she's done. I almost always fall asleep while she's nursing and stay asleep until she starts whining and rooting again. :(

Charlotte - posted on 07/19/2010

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I had the hardest time with my first three as far as bedtime habits. I finally figured it out though. 1. If they are hungry then feed them. Growth spurts come at different times. 2. As soon as you are done feeding them then put them in bed even if they are still awake. They need to learn early on to fall asleep on their own. 3. if you can avoid a pacifier than do beause it can be hard to wean later. find other ways to soothe your baby if possible such as laying her on you chest and rocking. I hope some of this helps. You just have to remember that you know what is best.

Nicolette - posted on 07/19/2010

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Since baby is rolling is rolling, try using a safety sleep this way they can't roll over and may also feel more secure and stay asleep for longer.

Nicolette - posted on 07/19/2010

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Hi, I have started giving my 3 1/2 months old baby boy a feed at 10.30pm, this takes him through until about 4am then he wakes agin at about 6am. I don't wake him at 10.30pm i just get him out of bed and put him on the boob and he usually stays asleep. I also have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, and it can be very challenging if she wakes up to baby crying but most of the time she sleeps through it. I sleep in my babies room and will do until he is 6 months old, this makes for a quick wake up when he wakes up too.

Good luck :)

Amanda - posted on 07/19/2010

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Thanks everyone. She is actually nursing (eating) but she has used me for a pacifier at times (she won't take a real one). I try to put her to bed awake if I can, but she often falls asleep while nursing, but wakes up an hour later and I can rock/burp her back to sleep. I've tried letting her go back to sleep on her own, but she's been rolling over for a month now, so she rolls over and really wakes up. I'm not worried or stressed, just wondering what everyone else was going through. Thanks!

Myetta - posted on 07/19/2010

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I've never heard that before...alI would say keep feeding her. She's actually like nursing right or is she just using you for a pacifier? I know my daughter will use me as a pacifier around midnight if she wakes up but will want to actually nurse around 3 am. She's 11 1/2 weeks

Paola - posted on 07/19/2010

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Well, I don't have to worry about my daughter waking any other child, being that she is the only child (as of right now)....She still wakes up once at night at 3 or 4 am, well I guess you can say morning...I say just keep feeding her, but first give her a few minutes to see if she would fall back to sleep on her own. If she starts getting more fussy than get up and feed her. Every child is different. Don't stress, she will sleep through the night when she is ready.

Stevie - posted on 07/19/2010

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Our daughter(3 months) JUST slept through the night for the first time last night! We also have a 2 year old daughter!
I don't know what your position is on pacifiers, neither of mine will even take one, but maybe try it? Our daughter is content with a little bit of shushing and rocking her bassinet if I can catch her before she starts to cry. But she also doesn't have her last feeding until about 9 or so.
I think when it comes to "deadlines" every baby is different and she might taper off gradually. Also, does she nurse in order to fall asleep, or do you rock, sing, and talk to her to get her to sleep?
Our first had to nurse in order to fall asleep and now our little one is falling into that habit as well. But the last few days and nights I've been nursing her, changing her and then we rock and sing to fall asleep, so the shushing and rocking her bassinet soothes her a lot easier in the night. But man was I sore and engorged this morning!! lol

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