Dream feeds, how do I avoid waking bub when I burp him?

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Now that we're comfortably co-sleeping, I've started doing dream feeds, which have been a success - until it's time to burp him. I try to be as gentle as possible and even just rock instead of gently patting his back, but it still seems to wake him up.

I'd really like him to just stay asleep. Any tips on burping him after dream feeding?

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Quoting Chelsea:

Mhairi,

This is such as simple fix! What you do to fix it is called block feeding. You nurse your infant on the same side for two feedings at a time. If your infant nurses very frequently nurse on the same side for a certain amount of time say 3 hours. This should work quickly to fix the overactive let down. Good luck!

Chelsea


 



Thanks so much Chelsea! I'll give that a go.



 



Thanks to everyone else, we'll see how we go once I have the over supply settled. Thanks for the support!!



 



 

Chelsea - posted on 07/06/2009

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Mhairi,

This is such as simple fix! What you do to fix it is called block feeding. You nurse your infant on the same side for two feedings at a time. If your infant nurses very frequently nurse on the same side for a certain amount of time say 3 hours. This should work quickly to fix the overactive let down. Good luck!

Chelsea

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Quoting Chelsea:

Mhairi do you always have an overactive let down? There is a super easy solution.


 



Everytime! Any help would be much appreciated - by both of us. Thank you!

Chelsea - posted on 07/04/2009

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Jessa,

A dream feed is when your nurse your baby while the baby and hopefully you also are mostly asleep. Some people refer to dream feeding as a feed that you wake the baby to have although the baby doesn't become fully awake.

Chelsea - posted on 07/03/2009

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I never burped my daughter at night even as a newborn. It never came to my mind and was never an issue. I don't think most mom's burp at night.

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Stina - posted on 07/07/2009

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If my baby is a sleep, I let her be... as I also am tired and usually doze back to sleep myself. When she fusses, I sometimes lay her tummy down on my chest and pat her... She goes right back to sleep usually and somtimes gets the burps out... I always keep a cloth by the bed incase she spits, but more often then not, I risk the spitup on my shirt lol. All part of the territory.

Meg - posted on 07/07/2009

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I too found burping to be unnecessary. Try doing without it and see how things go!

Lisa - posted on 07/07/2009

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I never burp my daughter during the night and she settles well, but I was told by my health visitor that you can slowly sit them up and they will probably burp on their own. Don't think it is as necessary to burp breast fed babies as it is bottle fed babies.

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Quoting Mhairi:

Thanks so much for the advice everyone. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance experiment as Lauchlan keeps waking up mid feed with a hiccup or last night due to gagging on my super fast let down. Bah!! I'll keep plugging on though, dream feeds are the best!!
Jessa if you're co-sleeping I'd give it a go. There is a group for Co-sleeping/attachment parenting in the circle of Moms.http://apps.facebook.com/circleofmoms/gr...


so basically dream feeding is just feeding the baby while its asleep? I do that all the time ROTFLMFAO!! I didnt realize it had an actual name lol. Nah I never burped my kids while they were asleep and they didnt seem to get adigated by it.

Karen - posted on 07/06/2009

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Thanks for the advice about the overactive letdown. My poor little one can sometimes choke and gag and I never knew there was something to try!

Dana - posted on 07/06/2009

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Thanks from me too, Chelsea. My son is now 11 months old so I don't have any problems any more with overactive let down but next time I'll know what to do

Chelsea - posted on 07/05/2009

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Mhairi do you always have an overactive let down? There is a super easy solution.

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Thanks so much for the advice everyone. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance experiment as Lauchlan keeps waking up mid feed with a hiccup or last night due to gagging on my super fast let down. Bah!! I'll keep plugging on though, dream feeds are the best!!
Jessa if you're co-sleeping I'd give it a go. There is a group for Co-sleeping/attachment parenting in the circle of Moms.http://apps.facebook.com/circleofmoms/gr...

Shawna - posted on 07/05/2009

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I usually try to pat her back while she is still on her side for a few mins. I never pick her up, and if that doesn't work within a few mins I just go back to sleep and not worry about it. She doesnt seem overly gassy from it either.

Dana - posted on 07/04/2009

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I always had to burp mine or he would spit up but as he got older, around 6 months, I started us both on dream feeding so I could get some sleep too and he was fine. They just eventually grow out of the need to burp. I probably could have quit worrying about it earlier but he was a gulper and had crazy burps

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I never, ever burped my daughters. My husband did it sometimes, but when he wasn't around (or he was asleep) they never got burped. I just couldn't manage to do it.



I did burp my son, but never during the night.

Tanya - posted on 07/04/2009

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You could try laying him on his side to sleep after he eats. Its old-fashioned but I know it works I've done it with my children. MY mom said she always did and it worked wonderfully. I've also rubbed their back while still laying beside me that sometimes works to.

Charlene - posted on 07/04/2009

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I wouldn't even worry about it. If he's gassy, he'll wake up, but if he stays asleep then he's probably perfectly comfortable. My son often dozes off while feeding and I just set him down (or go to sleep myself) and burp him later or not at all!

Shawna - posted on 07/03/2009

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I read somewhere that you don't have to burp after a dream feed because baby is so relaxed before feeding. Sometimes they cry or fuss then feed which causes more gas i guess. Anyway, i never burped after a dream feed. Now that my son is 8 months at night when he wakes to feed i just give his back a pat or 2 as im laying him back down. He burps sometimes but he is 8 months so i don't worry at all if he does or not.

Teresa - posted on 07/03/2009

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i don't normally burp her when she sleeps, i rub her tummy in a clockwise motion with mythumb. and it gets the gas out the back end while she sleeps,

Jessica - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting Mhairi:

Thanks so much for the advice everyone. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance experiment as Lauchlan keeps waking up mid feed with a hiccup or last night due to gagging on my super fast let down. Bah!! I'll keep plugging on though, dream feeds are the best!!
Jessa if you're co-sleeping I'd give it a go. There is a group for Co-sleeping/attachment parenting in the circle of Moms.http://apps.facebook.com/circleofmoms/gr...


so basically dream feeding is just feeding the baby while its asleep? I do that all the time ROTFLMFAO!! I didnt realize it had an actual name lol. Nah I never burped my kids while they were asleep and they didnt seem to get adigated by it.

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