Do babies that sleep from feed-feed really exist?!

Anastasia - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Seriously, do they?!?!

Please tell me they do. I'm hoping there's a chance not all of my children-to-be don't sleep.
My son has never slept from feed to feed, right from the beginning. There was always one thing or another. Daddy making to much noise and telling me I was over reacting then bubba waking up (happened quite a few times), constipation, too cold, too hot, blocked nose, little devil toofypegs... the list goes on and on...

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Brenda - posted on 06/01/2009

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DS1, never. He had colic and screamed more than anything. DS2 has slept feed to feed since he was born except during his "awake" times. At night, though, he nurses, then sleeps until he wakes me up or I wake him up. He does not stay asleep if I put him in the sidecar sleeper. He wakes almost immediately, but that's okay because I prefer co sleeping anyway. (Glad I have a king size bed this time around).

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Anastasia - posted on 06/02/2009

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After we got it under control it went back to being a normal colour and consistency. But before that it was very thick and clagy and sometimes it even had semi-solid chunks in it, it was (if i can remember correctly) a dark brown-yellow colour (with or without the prune juice) and smelt like thin poo but very strong...i think it smelt so bad because it was inside for so long. Sometimes this would happen for 3 weeks and then he'd have a week and a half of normal poo (and GREAT sleep) then it would go back to thick and clagy again.

I noticed on 3 occasions, when i was being lazy (if i don't intervene my hindmilk takes at least 15 minutes to come down) and just swapping him from breast to breast that his poo was very thin and bubbly and, maybe, a kaky-ish colour.
This went on until he was about 5 months...he still doesn't poo everyday (more often then he used to, though), but it doesn't trouble him anymore.

Ps. Oh, those growth spurts are the worst!! And those learning 'spurts' as well. I remember bub would wake up all night long when he was learning to crawl, and then when he was learning to pull up...i would wake up to this little screaming cutie looking down at me...then when he was learning to cruise he'd be standing there smiling and just wouldn't go to sleep until he got to walk along the couch back and forth for the next 2 hours to wear himself out!! OH god, they really take it out of ya...but its sooo worth it. they're the cutest most precious little things, I really couldn't ask for a better gift. =)

Minnie - posted on 06/02/2009

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Mmmm...did he have a normal liquidy seedy breastfed poo after that diagnosis of constipation?

Much of the gassiness and fussines, constant crying of young babies is usually due to a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. But doctors usually aren't aware of this, so won't pick up on this.

Kat - posted on 06/02/2009

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My daughter from day 1 has been a wonderful sleeper. As a new born she did literally sleep from feed to feed. My Husband thought she was a bit boring. At 8 months she still is a great sleeper, but obviously she is awake longer these days. She sleeps 12hours overnight & 3 sleeps during the day also. They exist, but I do think it depends on the child just as much as the environment.

Anastasia - posted on 06/01/2009

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Yeah. He was exclusively breastfeed. He was just about to turn 3 weeks when we went to the doctors (we took him coz he hadn't sleep well in days and had been getting crankier and crankier until he just wouldn't stop screaming) and they sent us to the hospital coz they thought he might have a blockage or something coz it's so uncommon. But after being in the emergency ward all day the sent us home with a a result of constipation and the pediatrician told us to give him prune juice diluted. He's ok now...thank heavens!! My nana says it might have been something that was in my milk,that i was eating, probably was.
I remember the nurses kept asking me "are you giving him formula? are you giving him formula? Are you SURE your not giving him formula?!?" they so totally didn't believe us.

Charlotte - posted on 06/01/2009

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My babies have pretty much slept from feed to feed during the night after the first day or so. During the day, not so much, but then they're supposed to be awake during the day, right?



I'm a bit concerned that you say your baby was constipated. Was this while your were exclusively breastfeeding, because exclusively bf babies aren't supposed to be able to get constipated.

Minnie - posted on 06/01/2009

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It completely depends on the conditions for my seven month old. When she's going through a growth spurt or some serious developing and learning she'll wake and nurse and then keep me up for the next two hours. But in between the growth spurts usually she wakes to pee, nurse, and then goes right back to sleep. Usually about three times a night.

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