Did your breastfed baby ever start sleeping through the night on his/her own?

Carrie - posted on 04/09/2011 ( 178 moms have responded )

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My baby will be 1 at the end of the month and still nurses 3-4 times a night. If your baby sleeps through the night, did you have to let them CIO or did they just do it on their own?



I should probably add that I'm pregnant with baby 2 and am due in October. Baby 1 will be 17 mo then. I'm planning to wean him at a year so that he doesn't think the baby took it away from him.



I've been hoping and praying he would eventually just sleep through the night on his own, but it still hasn't happened. Thinking we'll have to do some form of sleep training for it to happen now. :(



To answer your question, he slept through the night once or twice when he was really little, but that's it. I do find his sleep is disrupted by developmental milestones and teething, but he really never sleeps longer than 3-4 hours at a time.

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Corrine - posted on 04/13/2011

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We had to CIO around 6 months. She slept through the night from2-4 months then not again until 7 months!

Carol - posted on 04/13/2011

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My daughter will be one also at the end fo the month. She will sleep threw the night but still nurses at least once. she never wakes up, I do. I am having slow progress moving her into her bed, now that will have to wait a ew since we are now moving.

Amanda - posted on 04/12/2011

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My daughter is almost 8 months and she usually sleeps straight through, about 11 hours.
If she wakes up within 6 hours of the last time I nursed her I just comfort her and put her back to sleep. If it's been longer than 6 hours then I feed her.
I fell into the trap of nursing her to sleep so around 5 months we started putting her to bed awake. She did cry for a couple days but I look at it as letting her realize that she can go to sleep by herself.

Tina - posted on 04/12/2011

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My first daughter slept through the night the day she walked at 13 1/2 months and was still breast fed. Before that she woke up once to be fed. My second daughter who is 8 1/2 months is breast fed and wakes 3 times at night to feed. If she wakes sooner than 3 hours I let her cry and she will fall back to sleep in about 20 minutes, then I get her when she wakes up in about an hour. I really think the majority of breast fed babies don't sleep through the night :(
But they are all different!

Savona - posted on 04/12/2011

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I weaned my daughter at 6 months, but she started sleeping from 10-11pm to 5-6am when she was 5 1/2 months, but when we changed to formula we had to re-train her through the night and that lasted maybe a month. I did let her cry it out, I didnt just leave her in there and hit ignore on myself, but I kept her in her crib and then went in gave her a hug and kiss brushed my fingers through her hair and in less then an hour on most nights she was asleep.
She also needed a night-light and soft music though or else she would not go down.
Just think of it this way, he LOVES his mommy =P
goodluck and best wishes =)

Brittany - posted on 04/12/2011

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yes. my son sttn since 2 weeks old and is only breastfed. i am blessed, i know. he goes to bed around 8:30pm and wakes at 9am. i have to wake him to eat at night because i am not comfortable with him going this long without eating and had 4 alarms to do so. i gave that up at 8 months and now i just go in there if i wake up feeling too full. now that i am pregnant again he's been real fussy so i dream feed to ensure he is getting a good days worth. he is 10 months old now and i want to prevent self-weaning as much as possible.

Nelly - posted on 04/12/2011

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Carrie,
I would try to space more and more the night feedings. This is what I did with my daughter. When he wakes up, go to him, in the dark, etc, snuggle (I had a mattress in her bedroom for a while), sing a lullaby, say "it's night, time to sleep, everyone is asleep, daddy is asleep, [I went through the whole household, dogs, toys etc]" and be there for one hour. Then if he is still awake, feed him - this will have him pushing each feed to later, and eventually [after a couple of weeks or more, you set the tone of how fast it goes] you'll be left with only one feeding. This is the easiest to drop. My daughter dropped the 3:30 AM feeding the last, at around 11 months. NO CIO needed.
Hope this helps.

Natalia - posted on 04/12/2011

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The tip I was always told to do is let them nurse but cut them off a little before they are done each time and then they will realize that they don't really need it and will give it up. All kids have their own schedules though so it is hard to say when they should be done nursing or sleeping through the night.

Lorraine - posted on 04/12/2011

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yes i have a 10 week old daughter and she started to sleep through the night since 7 week's, she cluster feeds before she goes down at 10.30 and will sleep till 4-30 - 6 give or take a little. i just feed her whenever she wanted as you do with breastfed babies and fed every hour for 3 hours before she went to sleep & she wont take a dummy either. with my son he never slept through until he was 6 months old but thats still not to bad he was a slow eater though, now he's 3 he is a good sleeper but does have his bad night's when he is over tired he will have night terrors.

Michele - posted on 04/11/2011

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The breastfeeding and sleeping are potentially two different issues. My daughter was breastfed until she was 22 months. She still continued to wake up during the night despite being night weaned.She's three now and still wakes up. Also, if you are interested, you could offer tandem nursing. Check out the book, Adventures in Tandem Nursing.

Tyrae - posted on 04/11/2011

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Yup, my daughter started sleeping through the night on her own when she was 6 weeks old, exclusively breastfed too. But she's always been a big baby and eats every 1 - 1.5 hours during the day in order to sleep through the night. I've never done the CIO and I never will. I just swaddle her tight and let her nurse to sleep and than transfer her to her bed. It works like a charm every time, she's now 4.5 months old and still sleeping through the night. Well not the last couple days but she has a cold and can't lay on her back without drowning in phlegm.

Skye - posted on 04/11/2011

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My first born was a boy and he is almost 3 and still doesnt sleep through the night consistently. He was sever colic and then went through teething, then night terrors, which is very common in boys. But my second is a girl. I dont know if it is me being more comfortable as a mom or just that she is a girl, but she is always happy and sleeps through the night already (12 hours) at 4 months old. With her I also kept giving her the soother when she woke up at night after I found out se could sleep all night. Now she does it on her own. My advice to you would be to soothe him back to sleep as much as you can without breast feeding until you absolutely have to. Eventually you will feed less and less through the night until you arent feeding at all. Then all you have to worry about is teething and night terrors, if he gets that. Good luck, and hope this helps!!

Katrina - posted on 04/11/2011

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Both my girls were breastfed and my first started to sleep through the night on her own at 6 months the other one at 2 months. I am pregnant with baby 3 and I am really hoping this one does the same thing as my girls did.

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My daughter started sleeping through the night consistently at 18 months. I didn't do anything, she did it on her own when she was ready.

Ania - posted on 04/11/2011

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My baby reduced significantly night waking to one at 1 year old, but I helped him a little bit. When he woke up I would go to him and just put him down. I never breastfeed him to sleep anymore when he turned 9 months he would asleep on his own in the crib with me singing to him. Even though I was encouraging him to stop bf at night there were better and worse moments when he wouldn't settle and then boob worked like magic. Plus I stopped taking him out of the crib for night nursing he would stand and I would give him boob over the railing

Annie - posted on 04/11/2011

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My son started sleeping through when he was about 13 months - then he got a cough & had broken sleep right up until now ~ I eventually had to try the controled crying, it's working really well for us, he cries at most a couple of mins now, then is fine & settles himself. He still wakes early though ~ 6am but that's better than 4:30 ;o)

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Has your baby ever slept through the night, or has she always nursed 3-4 times a night?



I ask because they go through a lot of developmental phases in the first two years of life that disrupt their sleep. Or does she sleep even worse during these times?



My son is 7 months old and has gone through periods of waking every 2 hours, waking 3-4 times, and sometimes only waking 1-2 times (after a long stretch of 7-9 hours). We co-sleep, so I'm always "accessible" to him too.



I think "sleeping through the night" is a milestone babies reach in their own time. If you want to sleep train, there are non-CIO methods that have been proven to work just as well:



http://www.parentingscience.com/infant-s...

Lisseth - posted on 04/10/2011

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My babe is 16 months old, she is still breastfeeding the weaning isn't as easy as I thought it would be. And she seems to have her days were she goes with waking only once and then some twice. I think like some others said once they are weaned, it might be easier for them to sleep through the night.

Emily - posted on 04/10/2011

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yes, both of my breastfed kids have STTN on their own. I refuse to do CIO. My first started STTN consistently around 11 months. My second has STTN at times, but is still not consistent at this point at 19 months, but she will get there. All babies do!

Dominique - posted on 04/10/2011

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My son is 18 months old and how I wish he'd sleep through the night. He's about 25% breastfed so he still wakes up 1-2 times per night, more if he's teething. I don't think he'll sleep through the night until he's weaned.

Emily - posted on 04/09/2011

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my son slept through the night from the time he was 10 wks till he was just past 6 mos old. then he got an ear infection at 6mos2wks and hasnt consistantly slept through the night since. hes 10 1/2 mos now.
i refuse to let him cio, or to use cio as a form of teaching him how to put himself to sleep. most of the time i nurse him to sleep / back to sleep. there have been times though that i am able to put him in his crib awake and just sit in the room with him and hell put himself to sleep.

Carolyn - posted on 04/09/2011

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My son started sleeping through the night around 8-10 weeks old. He would nurse before bed, and I would dreamfeed him before i went to sleep myself.

We did not use any crying it out method. The dream feed made the difference for us.

Any waking at night is due to teething or sickness and i can count on my fingers how many times I have had to nurse him upon waking in the middle of the night. He usually just needs a snuggle for comfort and then its back to lala land if he does wake up.

I also have retardedly fatty milk, and he weighed 17 lbs @ 9 weeks.

I am confident our situation is not the norm.

Kathryn - posted on 04/09/2011

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My son has been sleeping 12 hrs at night since he was 13 weeks old. I sleep trained both my children. My older son started sleeping 12 hrs at 10 weeks.

With my youngest, he is EBF. I fed him before bed and when he woke I let him cry for 10 min then I touch him on the chest to let him know I was there, then leave the room. I only had to do that for 5 days or so at the beginning.

I truly believe in sleep training, it has worked wonders for both my boys, I wouldn't change a bit of it.

Minnie - posted on 04/09/2011

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My second began sleeping through the night (remember that's considered 5-6 hours) at about 26 months. It's not every night- she's 2 1/2 now, but usually goes about five hours and then wakes to nurse.

Every child will learn to put himself or herself back to sleep. Maybe not in the first or second year, but it will happen, without a need to be forced. I just can't imagine a teenager needing to be nursed back to sleep ;).

Emily - posted on 04/09/2011

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My daughter is 17 months old and she still nurses 2-3 times a night on average. Only when she's sick, or over tired will she sleep through the night on her own. I've been co sleeping with her since she was born, and I've discovered that it's actually a really good idea if you're breastfeeding. Even though she's waking up 2-3 times a night, I'm not losing any sleep because I don't have to wake up, go to her room, pull her out of the crib, sit down, get the breast out, latch her on, etc. All I have to do is make sure I'm sleeping on my side, and if she wakes up, I pop the button on my nursing top and she does the rest. So I get the rest I need to chase her around the house the next day. It's up to you to do what you think is best for you & baby, but don't be discouraged if he isn't sleeping through the night yet. Most breastfed babies don't until they're completely weaned.

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My girls slept through the night (12 hours) at 6 months, but that only lasted a month. Then they were up once or twice a night until 14 months when they started sleeping through on their own again (we started weaning at 13 months). They were schedule fed from birth though, so I really believe that had a lot to do w/ it.



My son, who was nursed on demand, didn't sleep through the night more than half a dozen random times until after he was 2. He's still nursing though and is 3 now.

Genia - posted on 04/09/2011

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Hi, my son started sleeping through the night on his own around 3 years old. If you don't want to wait that long you can night wean without CIO. kellymom.com has tips and the book The No-Cry Sleep Solution is helpful. HTH!

Genia - posted on 04/09/2011

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Hi, my son started sleeping through the night on his own around 3 years old. If you don't want to wait that long you can night wean without CIO. kellymom.com has tips and the book The No-Cry Sleep Solution is helpful. HTH!

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