Wants to nurse every 2 hours

Michelle - posted on 02/22/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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BUT only at bedtime..I love nursing the baby, but this every two hours in the middle of the night is for the birds! On Monday/Wednesday night my mother puts him to bed and he will sleep for 4-5 hours then wake up to nurse. Then it will be every 2 hours. Every other night it is basically every 2 hours. It doesn't seem to make a difference whether I feed him a huge meal or not. I do not want to wean him yet...(selfish, but it is my last baby) any suggestions that don't include weaning?

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Angela - posted on 02/23/2009

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I made it 15 minutes one night... the bottle line is that he does not need to eat, what ever it is, every two hours. I debated over and over, thinking that maybe he did need the milk... maybe he needs me! I don't put him to bed up to three nights a week because of class. I have decided that I don't have the anwsers... and I am guessing at this whole mom thing. My advise, that seems to have worked for my little guy.. make waking up not worth it. He obvouly can "self sooth". "They" also recommend estblishing a night routine. I don't know about that. My husbands routine is different than mine, and he seems to sleep just the same. Start trying different things! GOOD LUCK and sweet dreams!

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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Zekiel is 14 months old...He will actually lay down in his bed and cuddle with his stuffed puppy and go to sleep when I am done nursing him for bedtime..no fuss at all...its just in the middle of the night that he stands up in the bed "howling" for me..last night I tried letting him fuss it out and I am a big wussy and could not take it after 10 minutes...

Angela - posted on 02/23/2009

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How old is the little one? I am assuming 12 mo +



I had recent sippy  issues... and I understand that it is a bit diffirent but here is what happened. My son at 12 months deciede that he needed a cup of milk. It started 1x a night and progressively moved up to every 2 hours. I decided that I did not want to go back to such behavior... I know that he does not NEED milk every 2 hours so, when he woke up at night, I started giving him a cup of water instead of milk. It wasn't very happy about this at first. My thought is he needs to know that there is no reason for him to wake up. I started this at the end of Jan. He slept through the night last night whoo hoo. So, how can you apply this?  How can the baby learn that waking up in the middle of the night and crying does not = mom? Does baby fall asleep by self of with the help of someone (rocking, singing, nursing ect)  Crying it out sucks. I tried that. It didn't work for me personnally, but it has for others.



 

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Monica:



Have you tried just letting him cry it out.  my daughter was the same way.  she would go to bed around 7pm and wake up at 10pm, 12am, 2am, 4am, and 6am.  my husband and i deceided that she would just have to cry it out.  It took her a few nights to get use to it. Now she is going to bed at 8pm and waking up at 4am to nurse then goes back to sleep 'til 6/6:30am.  Occasionally we get lucky and she will sleep all the way through until 6am.





I have tried to let him fuss it out..but unfortuneatly we (6 year old, me and baby) are all in the same room and can only handle about 10 minutes of screaming..This is my only one that has done this!  The older ones had their own room by this age and the 6 year old was almost sleeping completely through the night at this age too...He goes for 6-8 hours during the day with out nursing too..Maybe that is the problem, he needs it more during the day?  I know I am grasping!



Thanks for the advice...

Monica - posted on 02/23/2009

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Have you tried just letting him cry it out.  my daughter was the same way.  she would go to bed around 7pm and wake up at 10pm, 12am, 2am, 4am, and 6am.  my husband and i deceided that she would just have to cry it out.  It took her a few nights to get use to it. Now she is going to bed at 8pm and waking up at 4am to nurse then goes back to sleep 'til 6/6:30am.  Occasionally we get lucky and she will sleep all the way through until 6am.

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