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Emily - posted on 01/15/2009
I don't usually burp at night either, it just wakes them more than necessary... and I really don't burp after about 5 months... when they start sitting unassisted the bubbles come out on their own while they're sitting.
One or both breasts is your call. If he'll accept both, it might help him sleep longer... however, there's also a greater chance that he'll spit-up some of the feeding.
Personally, I nurse my babies to sleep, then if it's been several hours by the time I go to bed, I'll nurse again... otherwise, I'll just wait until they ask for it. For example, last night my baby (now 12 months) nursed down around 8:30 (about an hour earlier than normal), and then I stayed up with DH while he did some homework until almost midnight... in that case, when we climbed into bed, I pulled her in with me and nursed again. On a normal night, she'll nurse down around 9:30, and I'm in bed by 10:30 or 11:00... if that's the case, I'll just leave her alone until she wakes on her own to nurse.
Lea - posted on 01/14/2009
I don't really know what you mean about "dream feeding" but I usually nurse mine right before bed and then whenever they awaken during the night...I"m too tired to get up and put them back so they stay with me. We just switch sides all night. Sleep comes, just not so restfully. This is my seventh and I still have energy to keep up. Burping is your call. If I hear them swallowing hard (like they need to burp) after nursing, then I'll prop them over my side or stomach while artfully under the covers...until I hear them burp. Otherwise, we just sleep. Zzz zZzzz...