How do I encourage my little one to sleep for longer periods between breastfeedings?

Heidi - posted on 06/08/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is 5 months (almost 6) and I would like her to sleep longer than 2-3 hours between feedings. Any suggestions?

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Lori - posted on 06/09/2012

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This sounds normal to me. I am assuming you're talking about overnight? It can get discouraging when you assume that it's normal for a baby to start sleeping 8 hours straight through the night, but rarely is that really the case. My babies would maybe have one 3 to 4 hour stretch of sleep at night, and then be up every 2 hours until somewhere between 4 and 6 months old. Then they started stretching out the length of time they'd stay asleep by themselves.

One questions though. How often do you feed her during the day? If she's not eating at least every 2 - 3 hours during the day time, then she may be reverse cycling (eating more at night rather than eating more during the day). If this is the case, try to encourage her to nurse more frequently during the day time.

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