Need advice on sleeping/nighttime feeds!

Jacky - posted on 06/17/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello moms,
My daughter is 4 weeks and I am exclusively breastfeeding. Some nights she does great sleeping in her crib waking every 2-4 hours to feed then goes back to sleep. Most nights though she is up every 45 mins to hour and a half eating, puking, and not going back down. She refuses to sleep anywhere but my chest. I dont like this because then I dont sleep and I know she is not sleeping well. Any advice on what we can try? She also takes a pacifier here and there.

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Anna - posted on 06/19/2012

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You need to feed a breastfeeding baby on demand if you want her to grow properly and your milk supply to meet her demand. All I can suggest is co-sleeping, it's truly a life-saver. You'll learn to sleep through her feedings and her waking up to nurse will barely bother you.

Lori - posted on 06/18/2012

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I agree with Celeste, you could Side-Car your crib with your bed if that works for your both. There are numerous video's and instructions on how to do it. I like this site on how to do it:

http://www.freewebs.com/sidecarcrib/

But you mention that your baby is up eating, puking and not going back down. Spit up for a baby is normal. Puking is not. It's a sign of some sort of issue. It could be reflux, or it could be a food sensitivity. And if it's reflux... it could be caused by a food sensitivity. The most common foods that babies are sensitive to are: cow's milk products, soy, wheat, corn, eggs, and peanuts. You should read the info on this page from the KellyMom website on food sensitivities.

http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/f...

Dove - posted on 06/18/2012

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I spent the first 5 months of my son's life sleeping upright with him sleeping upright on me. It was the only way we could both get any sleep. His reflux made it so that he would not settle while lying flat. Thankfully he outgrew that. In the beginning... you do whatever you have to do just to make it through. ;)

Celeste - posted on 06/18/2012

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She's only 4 weeks old. IMO, the waking often is pretty typical of a newborn. She still needs to nurse throughout the night. Can you try cosleeping? Or another idea..Darn it, I can't think of the name.. Basically, you can put your crib against your bed to make it one sleeping surface, if you don't feel comfortable with bedsharing.

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