Sherree - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )
Do you think it's true that breastfed babies are just naturally going to wake up more in the night and cry for Mom just because they love the comfort of breastfeeding? I've heard and read many comments that seem to indicate that breastfed babies are going to wake more, period. Some people seem to think it's because they are more hungry if they aren't eating solids or haven't had as much put in them as a bottle would. Once they get to a certain age, this shouldn't be a factor though, because they should be able to go many more hours without feeding and also they start solids. I've heard other comments from breastfeeding Moms of experience who think it's pretty good if a breastfed baby sleeps 5-6 hours at a time. I've also heard that it's natural for babies (especially breastfed) to just "want Mom" in the middle of the night. Maybe it's just stating the obvious. I read so many posts on wanting babies to "sleep through the night" and it seems such a focus for many Moms. But maybe we should just let be what will be and stop worrying about it. I know it's hard if we have to work and aren't getting enough sleep, but there might not be much we should be doing to change it if this is what is natural for babies and they want that comfort. Co-sleeping seems like the most natural and easiest way to deal with it and if you think about it, this is the way the cavemen would have done it; any other animal would sleep nestled with it's young so they could latch on at any time. I don't personally co-sleep because my husband wasn't happy with it, but I use a baby monitor and when I hear her wake up and make noise for a certain amount of time (even if it isn't crying yet), I get up and nurse her for 5 minutes and she goes back to sleep. Sometimes she sleeps 5-6 hours at at time, but quite often she is awake every 3 hours and then less as it gets closer to morning.