Breastfeeding 7 month old up every 2 hours at night for the last months.

Linda - posted on 12/08/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter nurses all night. It started with a Flu, then teething and growth spurt now she is still eating every 2 hours all night. Any advice? I have tried to ensure she eats well in the day but she is very distracted by everything especially my 2.5 year old. She also will not eat solids I have tried baby cereal, baby food vegs & fruit. I have also tried toast, & whole cheerios & peas. She just whines and refuses when I try to feed it to her. She is in about the 25th percentile for size. Any advice? I need some sleep..

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Richelle - posted on 12/08/2008

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I thought I was alone... doctors/experts say that Avriel should be sleeping thought the night now that she is 6 months. She not up every 2 hours but wakes up 3 times a night to feed. I was going to try giving her water instead of milk to see if that deters her from waking up. Also, I've started to play soft music for about 15-20 min when she goes to sleep which seems to be helping her sleep longer.

Avriel is very distracted while nursing too, I have to ask people to leave the room (especially her sister) and turn the T.V off so she'll eat.

You should ask Sara to be a good a big sister and show her how to eat solid food. If you have Sara sit beside her then you feed Sara one spoon full of food then Vanessa one spoon full maybe she'll copy her sister.

Hopefully this helps, talk to you later.

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Candace - posted on 12/09/2008

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I, too, have a similar situation. Our 6 month old nurses every 2 hours. She eats everything I put in her mouth (except sweet peas). I think she nurses at night for comfort, not because she is starving. I haven't done the co-sleeping thing. I don't know how comfortable I am with that. I'm afraid my husband would squish her or I wouldn't get any sleep with her in our bed. Our next baby is due in June so I may have to look into co-sleeping so I can try to get a little sleep. I hope things get better for you soon. I know how hard it is to function on such little sleep.

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HI. I went through a similar situation with my 3rd son. He didn't want baby food at all so he was only nursing for the first 9-10 months. I figured out that it was a texture thing. He didn't like mushed anything! So he started eating when he could pick it up himself-cheerios, noodles, toast, avocado, etc. Anyway he was nursing through the night but he slept with us so it wasn't a problem. All 5 of my kids slept with us except #4. He slept through the night at 8 weeks and hated to be in our bed. Try sleeping with the baby for now then as she gets older and eats more foods you can move her to her own bed.

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Oh and as far as solids as well, for my son he didn't start really eating and getting a meal out of it, where he didn't need to nurse after and was totally into eating until 18mo.

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My son started waking every 1.5-2 hours in the night when he was 6mo old. I work full time from home, but it's a full-time job and I was going to go crazy due to a lack of sleep. So I went and saw my Dr.- OBGYN and she suggested Lexapro (but knew I didn't want it or need it) or instead of that bed-sharing. We of course started bed-sharing and haven't looked back. For us it was a life saver. My son could nurse and I could sleep. Now, my son will be 2 in 10 days and is sleeping through the night. Last night I actually decide to nurse him to sleep in the race car bed we have at the end of our bed (that he usually plays in) and we all slept from about 11:30pm until 8:55 am. It was fantastic. But anyway... actually he's been sleeping through most of the night only waking a few nights here and there to nurse once in the night since about 18 mo. Until then he'd wake every 3 hours still or so, but since we were bed-sharing it wasn't a problem.
Couple things to remember, sleeping through the night is considered one 4-6 hour stretch, not 8 hours. Then, all the things you described will definitely impact sleeping. Also, solids in the first year are not about filling up the child or nutrition. It's about learning and having fun. She may just be growing physically and mentally and needs you in the night. Seriously consider bed-sharing!

Also, try a nursing necklace to keep her attention on you! You can get them on-line.

Best wishes!

Emily - posted on 12/09/2008

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In addition to the small stomach, it's possible that teething could be waking her more frequently than she otherwise would. I wouldn't stress the solids, my kids all became interested in solids around 8 months, but only if they could do it themselves. As long as she's breastfed there's no nutritional need for solids for the first year... it's more just a great time to learn about new textures.

I would try extra hard to nurse throughout the day, especially before and after naps when she's more likely to focus. And if you think teething could be an issue, I like to rub clove oil on my kids gums when they wake in the middle of the night (2-3 drops clove oil in a tsp of olive oil - then just a drop or two on their gums), then I'll nurse them back to sleep, if teething was the issue, this usually helps them sleep a bit longer the next time.

Rachel - posted on 12/09/2008

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Your daughter's stomach is still quite small, so it is normal for her to be waking as she is to nurse. Sleeping with her can be helpful, so that you can sleep through the nursings. It is also normal for her to not be eating food yet. I found bananas, avocados,and cooked carrots and sweet potatoes to be great first foods. Something that she can pick up and play around with to figure out how eating works. She may have an instinct to hold off on food due to allergies. Hang in there! She will eventually sleep, and you will be missing your teeny baby!

User - posted on 12/09/2008

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I'm having the same problem. My son didn't start eating solids until 8 months. And at 9 months he still wakes every 2 hours at night to nurse. To get him to eat I ended up skipping the 'beginner' foods and made him age appropiate meals. He's very independant, the more he can feed himself the more willing he is to try new foods. (as they like to put everything in there mouth as it is) As for sleeping through the night....I guess I'm going to have to try Coreena's suggestion of being strong and cutting back on the night nursing.



On a side note, try not to let the doctors and nurses make you feel bad about your situation. The underlaying question, whether it's about sleep, eating, socializing, whatever, is "is my child/baby healthy, and is this normal?" If you notice there answers are usually the same and have the words "most kids, or typically babies..." Most and typically mean the majority and 55% can be majority, so what about the 45% that are in the same situation. That's my rant.....just love your babies, you're with them the most, you know them the best, you'll know if they need outside help.

Coreena - posted on 12/09/2008

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You can also get a white noise machine. They are called sound therapy. It helped alot. You can pick them up at Walmart for about $20

Coreena - posted on 12/09/2008

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I had the very same problem as you Jocelyn is now 11 mths and I'm happy to say that she is finally sleeping through the night. (I thought that I would never happen) It did take some very hard work on my part however. I read the book the baby sleep solution and took some of the ideas from the book. She is still breastfeeding and was waking every two hours throughout the night.



She is very small as well for her age (growth charts used by Dr's are based on formula fed babies) I felt guilty when she woke during the night thinking that she must be hungry and fed her each time she work. I was allowing her to nurse on demand throughout the day. She would often snack and become distracted. I realized that she was using me as a soother and snacking rather than eating.



Initially I had to fix her eating schedule. I put her on a schedule of every 4 hours for breastfeeding immediately she started eating better each feeding (I still give her her breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks between) Once her schedule was established we tackled the sleep. It was utter hell and my husband had to hold me back at times. I cut out one feeding at a time. By the end of about a week she was sleeping through the night. Good luck it takes some work but it is well worth it in the end

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