9 1/2 month old son still waking frequently at night

Heather - posted on 03/19/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son will be 10 months old on April 1. He has never been a great sleeper, but for the past month or so, he has been waking up every 2 hours if not every hour. Sometimes he seems to comfort nurse...he goes right to sleep when he latches and suckles a bit...but when I pull him off and lay him back down next to me (we co-sleep) he wakes up again. Over the weekend (Saturday night), I nursed him around 10 pm...but he woke up an hour later...I am exhausted so I actually made him a bottle (we have some formula on hand to mix with his cereal on occasion). He downed 5 of the 6 ounces. But still only slept about 2 hours. Last night, same thing...nursed him and put him down around 9. He slept until 10:30. He woke up, I nursed him, let him on for some time...11 pm. Tried to lay him down...woke right up. I caved and made a bottle. 5 of the 6 ounces again. Back to sleep around 11:15. Back up again around 2:45. Breasfed again...let him nurse, suckle, etc...until 3:30. Wide awake. Woke my husband up to take a turn. He made him a 4 oz bottle, drank it all. Am I not making enough milk?? Is he done breastfeeding?? What should I do? This is the longest I have breastfed and would like to longer than a year...or at least until he is a year.

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Heather - posted on 03/19/2012

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We co-slept with our other two as well but both of them became "uninterested" in breasfeeding..our first one was 6 1/2 months old, our second when she was about this age (9 1/2 months)...I was able to still get her to take a bottle of expressed bm but then my supply dwindled...I am determined to bf longer this time...first time I didn't know enough, the second I thought I did all I could...but now I know not to give up. The other two were such good sleepers! We must have been spoiled...they are girls...maybe a boy is different?! :)



(I forgot to mention that he sleeps GREAT when sleeping in my arms or on my chest--or my husbands...but still only for about 2 hours...and the quality of sleep for us is not good...)



He does have 7 teeth already (his first one was around 6 months). His sisters didn't even have one at this age! So this is an entirely new exerience for us.



Thanks!

Amy - posted on 03/19/2012

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I don't think he's done breastfeeding just because he'll take a bottle. I can tell you when my daughter woke frequently at night it was because of teething. If we gave her tylenol before bed we would get 3 solid hours of sleep before she started waking every 30 minutes to 2 hours. We also resorted to co sleeping about that age because I needed the sleep and she would sometimes only be comforted by being next to us.



My daughter just turned two and is self weaning. She only bf's in the middle of the night once and that's if she wakes at all. Just keep doing what your doing and see if tylenol will help.

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