Is it ok that a 6 month old sleeps 10-11 hours at night without nursing?

Maria - posted on 09/14/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Has anyone else have a 5-6 month old that started sleeping through the night on their own? He is 18 lb's so maybe he doesn.t need the night feedings, but I read recently that the average long stretch of sleep for a BF baby is 4-7 hours even up to 12 months or longer. I may be paraniod because of my first child and the issues I faced with her. At his 6 month check his growth had slowed, but his length and weight had both slowed down. He goes to bed around 7:30 and wakes to eat between 5 and 6. I have been pumping around 10:30 PM partly because I don't want to go 10 hours without nursing and partly to have milk to mix with the tiny bit of cereal he eats. I am just nervous about losing my supply...

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Sarah - posted on 09/19/2010

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i have a six week old who is sleeping nearly 8hrs soo im sure he will be fine!!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/18/2010

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My daughter started sleeping 5-6 hours at 2.5 weeks old, and by about 6 weeks, it was 10-11 hours a night. Still is most nights, however the past week it has been 2-3 wake ups a night, but that is due to separation anxiety as she's 7.5 months. Anyway long story short, it's awesome that your baby sleeps that long and the expressing will help you maintain your supply.

Julienne - posted on 09/18/2010

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That sounds alot like what my daughter did. I kept pumping at night before turning in and then used the milk for cereal and then to the puree veggies for her. She slept on her own from around 7pm - 6am at 20 weeks and we continued on breastfeeding until she was 10 months - I was also 18 weeks pregnant with my next little one at that stage and was drying up rapidly.

I believe the pumping at night was good for keeping up my supply and also for all of her food...

Good luck and cherish the extra sleep

Morgan - posted on 09/17/2010

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My son is 6 months now, but has been sleeping like that too since he was 3 months! And I also pump at night after he goes to bed to keep up the milk supply (I don't like to go more than 8 hours). I did find though that he wanted to eat more (and sometimes more often) during the day, but I don't mind - makes for a good nights sleep! My son's growth slowed a little as well and he was also 18 lbs. at his 6 month check up. My pediatrician said that babies will never starve themselves and to enjoy such a good sleeper. :)

Hannah - posted on 09/17/2010

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If you truly are worried ask your doctor. But from what I read you are just a lucky momma! Enjoy it!

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Mine did and actually increased in weight around that time. I just let my supply go down as she wanted to nurse less. She's almost 10 months now and nurses 2-3 times a day and sleeps 12-13 hours at night.

Lindsy - posted on 09/17/2010

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Both of my children slept 7-9 hours a night from 2 months old. They were both exclusively breastfed and I never had any problems. If you are worried about your supply , what i did was pump right before I would go to bed and also in the morning after they were done with the first feeding to make sure I was completely empty. It keeps your supply up and I felt that it made things more comfortable. Hope this helps.

Cheryl Stinson - posted on 09/17/2010

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My 4 mo old daughter sleep through the night and is soley bf! She goes to bed for the night around 10p and doesn't wake until around 6a usually! I think that is great!

Jill - posted on 09/17/2010

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You are lucky!! My daughter was the exact same way and I worried too, however she was perfectly fine. I now have a four month old who eats once an hour at night and I havent gotten any sleep! I would LOVE to have him sleep like my daughter did. Enjoy your sleep and consider it a blessing!

Cheryl Stinson - posted on 09/17/2010

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My 4 month old sleeps thru the night! I put her down around 10p give ir take and she sleeps until 6a give or take! And she is soley bf!

Kristy - posted on 09/15/2010

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I got my baby to start sleeping nine hours when she was two months old. She is nursing and she also has a heart condition. The pediatrician says that's fine.

Maria - posted on 09/14/2010

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Thanks for all the encouragment! It's good to know that there are other good sleepers out there :-) Seems like a stupid thing to complain about since there are so many out there who don't sleep well. I just want to make sure he gets enough milk.... and yes I think he has started to eat a little more in the day time... and I guess I just need to trust my body to do what it's supposed to do.

Amy - posted on 09/14/2010

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My daughter has been doing this since she was 3 months old! However I've been able to keep my supply up because of work, I have a crazy schedule and if I don't get home till 11:30 at night I'll feed my lo, and then pump the other side, and same thing if I'm leaving for work before my little girl is up. What throws me off is when I have a day off because her last feeding is at 8:30 I usually wake up in pain at about 5 in the am and need to pump to get some relief. My little girl when she wakes in the morning after sleeping for 10 hours eats and goes back to sleep for another couple, but she doesn't take any naps during the day. It should like your little guy is healthy and growing so I say pull the blankets over your head and enjoy! Besides you may find that he nurses a little more during the day to make up for it, in the afternoon my daughter has a tendencey to nurse every 2 hours or so!

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My girls slept through the night (12 hours) at 6 months w/out me putting any effort into it at all. It only lasted a month and then they were up 1-2 times until 14 months. He sounds perfectly fine. Enjoy your rest. I hope it lasts! :)

Ambria - posted on 09/14/2010

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My daughter started sleeping threw the night when she was about 5 months. I was breastfeed also. The first night she slept threw i didnt know what to do, i was socked but i was always told they will wake up when there hungry. good luck

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