Anyone have a baby who only nurses while sleeping?

Simone - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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For the past 5 months, my now 7-month-old has refused to nurse while awake and only nurses while asleep. Has anyone else had this problem?

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Simone - posted on 01/14/2010

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Thanks for your responses, but I think my case is a little more severe...I literally have to rock her in to a DEEP sleep to nurse her; she will not nurse while sleepy - ever! And, she still won't take the bottle. Guess what that means: she does most of her nursing at night during her sleep, which means I'm still up a lot. I've been trying to get her to take the bottle now for 4 months. She just chews the nipple or screams at me. It's an extreme case, I think, because I've talked to dozens of LC's and none of them were able to help or determine the cause...I was just curious if there was anyone out there that had an experience like mine.

April - posted on 01/14/2010

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me me me!! my son will only nurse while sleeping!! thank you for posting this! i'm in the same EXACT situation. i don't know what to do either. i'm so tired...we are up all night nursing. he's almost 13 months old and it has been like this since he was 5 months old. Once i introduced solids(which he hated and still does even tho we do baby led weaning now), bam! he stopped nursing during the day. i don't know if that gives you insight into your situation?

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Lakshmi - posted on 03/29/2012

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Hi, I have been searching on google for any post or discussion about this issue. It seems like I wrote this myself. Simone, even your second comment is exactly my words. How did you resolve t his? As you said, I rock until deeeeeep sleep then feed. If she's half asleep or not there yet, gotto start again. So she has frequent naps while sleeping and I have NO sleep at all, morning or night. And she wakes every hour at night to feed. Please help, am losing it! what helped as this post is from 2010? Thank you

April - posted on 01/15/2010

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Simone,



i am sooo glad you know what it is like and you're the one person who doesn't think i am weird either!! Zachary is the same way. I have to nurse before he wakes up completely or I end up rocking him until my arm falls off. Also, a lot of times I think he is asleep enough to lay back down and he gets right back up! Sooo frustrating! I never did have success nursing him laying down either....he doesn't like it. He doesn't like sleeping with Mommy either!! He likes his crib when he is sound asleep!! I really really hope people can help

Simone - posted on 01/15/2010

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Wow, April, it's reassuring to know at least one Mom out there knows what I'm going through!!! Everyone else I talk to just looks at me like I'm wierd or something. The doctors, LC's + pediatricians can't explain it, and don't seem to care. I've tried about 5 different bottles, and now we're working on the sippy cup, but she'll only take water from it; not b/m or formula...I'm exhausted too. My only salvation is that my Mom comes up several days a week so that I can nap in the mornings. I'm very lucky that way, otherwise I'd be a zombie. I think she nursed six times last night...I have to nurse her before she wakes up, or she'll wake up completely and then I have to rock her back to sleep. Haven't had success nursing her while lying down: she's way too squirmy and falls off all the time. Plus, I have to burp her in her sleep, which can't be done lying down, so I can't fall asleep while nursing. B-feeding has been nothing but hard work since the beginning. It's not enjoyable at all. I'm really disappointed and resentful because I read so much about B/f and went to LLL meetings and talked to LC's and took classes before I had the baby, and nowhere did I encounter anything like this. I actually had to start her on solids at 3 months because she stopped gaining weight. Everyone keeps telling me not to worry about it, but I don't think this is going to end any time soon. She's also a very fussy eater: she'll only eat cereal mixed w/ b/m or banana. It's been so utterly frustrating, because I have to nurse her as much as possible at night, otherwise she'd be undernourished and underweight. She won't take b/m from the bottle at all! I'm usually nursing her every 1-2 hours. Last night was a good night. I'm at my wits end and I don't know what to do.

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2010

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Tthat sucks. Are you able to nurse your baby in your sleep? At night, I pretty much only have to be awake to help him latch on, and then I can drift off again.

Nusret - posted on 01/14/2010

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yes me too,so frustrating! I think my son developed nipple confusion as I may have introduced the bottle too early. He will only nurse when sleepy. I end up having to pump and give him my milk as he will only take it from the bottle when awake. Have tried to coax him back to the breast but to no avail, he will only feed from the breast if very hungry when he is awake.

Hannah - posted on 01/14/2010

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Not quite, but my 6 month old has just gone through a stage where she would only feed at night... too busy and exciting in the day and she just got out of the habit, and would hardly accept any feeds during the day, so I was literally up half the night! Funny little things aren't they. Yes I think my daughter definately prefers feeding when she is sleepy and it is nice and quiet and cozy, bless her x

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