Mary Renee - posted on 11/20/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )
I know that babies go through different phases and that at periods of rapid development they wake more often but this has been my daughter's case since she was 4 months old. She's now nearly 7 months old and wakes 4 or 5 times a night to nurse. She's asleep by 8:00pm and up and wanting to eat again by 10:30 or 11:00pm. The rest of the night goes the same way. She doesn't know how to comfort herself back to sleep and she rolls towards me and yanks my night shirt down and cries until I nurse her (even when I've tried rubbing her back and rocking her) I even have a dark purple hicky next to my nipple when one time she found her way sucked on my boob even though it wasn't my nipple!!!
Even when she was a newborn, she could sleep for a four hours stretch every night. By 2.5 months she was going to sleep at 9pm and only waking up once at 3am.
Then around 4 months she's started waking up 3 times a night, then 4 then 5. Sometimes it's upwards of 6 times and I'm just so groggy I lose count.
I haven't done anything about it till now because it wasn't so bad to just roll over and nurse her in the side sleeping position. I figured we were both getting a lot more sleep this way. And that would still be fine with me if it was only three times a night. But now it's so often it's running me raged. I've lost five pounds this week alone and am constantly exhausted. I'm pretty sure it went from being a growth spurt or something to being a habit.
On top of all this... she will go to sleep if her father rocks her for five minutes or so. But he refuses to help. Nevermind that I've been the one getting up with her for the last 7 months. He thinks that because he works and I take care of her, he shouldn't have to get up. I've gone along with that up until now. I just think the reason she won't sleep when I nurse her is because she smells the milk and won't be happy till she gets it. With Papa she knows he doesn't have anything and goes to sleep. I feel like with his help we could get her down to one or two feedings within a week and out of this habit but I doubt I'll have his support.
What can I do!?!? I know at 7 months she doesn't NEED to drink this much. Also she's started solids and usually eats 3 times a day, about 2 tablespoons of fruit or vegetable puree and some rice ceral per feeding. HELP