still breastfeeding?

Jennifer - posted on 11/04/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone! My daughter Mackenzie was born on Jan 11th. I'm still breastfeeding at least every 3 hours...does anyone else out there have babies who are eating so frequently? Mackenzie eats solids three times a day, but is much more interested in finger foods vs the cereal, she swats the spoon away! I don't mind any of this, I'm more wondering if this is normal? I think maybe it's also the reason she's waking up 2-3 times at night still? she seems genuinely hungry when she does, she becomes so MAD if I try to give her the binky instead of letting her nurse, then she eats for a while...I could use a little more sleep if anyone has ideas out there! :)

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MaRee - posted on 11/19/2008

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Oh WOW!!! This is just like us...from the frequent breastfeeding to the not wanting the purees at all anymore! Bella is another January 11 baby too! We co-sleep as well and she wants to nurse at least 2 times a night, sometimes as much as 4. It's nice to know that I'm not alone!!

Michelle - posted on 11/19/2008

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hi, my daughter Ashlin is also still being breastfed and she is almost 10 months and she is still waking 2-3 times during the night to feed, she also eats 3 meals a day and sometimes morning and afternoon tea it sounds as though it is a normal thing for breastfed babies.

Tiffany - posted on 11/18/2008

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I'm still breastfeeding on demand - between every 2-5 hours. When we are out and about, he will go all day without nursing. At home, it's pretty frequent. Nate only eats a few bites of anything at any meal. We offer B, L, and D but I doubt he eats more than 5 or 6 tiny bites lol

Sandra - posted on 11/17/2008

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Yes, we are still nursing on demand here, Ayla will be one on January 1. I will stop when she self-weans.

Ellen - posted on 11/14/2008

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I still breastfeed when my son wakes up at night (usually once between 3 and 5 am) then around 7 or 7:30 when he wakes up, then just before his morning and afternoon naps and then sometimes a late afternoon snack and then right before bed. He is also eating solids 3 times a day. He has recently started to refuse spoon feeding too and just wants to self-feed, but I worry about him getting enough to eat now. I know he is eating a lot less than I used to feed him just because it takes him so much longer to feed himself. Do you offer the solids before breastfeeding to make sure she fills up on them? At night it could be teething problems that eventually because a habit of waking up. I know my son definitely wakes up more often when he is teething. I don't think there is anything wrong with what you are doing as long as you are ok with feeding her so often.

Jennifer - posted on 11/13/2008

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She was up 3 times last night.. i just got the book "Good Night, Sleep Tight" by West.. my friends swears by it.. i just have to figure on a time that I can stick to it consistantly for 2-3 weeks.. thats the tough part.. Holly, I like what you said.. i know she will grow out of it eventually.. and i probably will miss it.. I just wish i could get more than 3 hours in a row of sleep. jenn

Holly - posted on 11/13/2008

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Your stories are totally mine! My daughter was born Jan. 14th and is still up twice a night and a lot of the day Breastfeeding It's hard--especially since we have a 2 year old overtaking the house during the day--but BF is completely worth it! What a wonderful gift we're able to give our sweeties! I also wonder how to wean the nighttime feedings but I dont' completely mind, either. This time will pass, and we'll wish it were back.

Ginny - posted on 11/12/2008

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My son was born Jan 8th. We feed him 4 solid meals a day with milk after each. We have been very conservative with introducing new foods and I am making all his baby food myself. He's on a 4 hour schedule. Wake and eat then about 2 hours later sleep, hopefully 1.5-2 hours, then start over. He was sleeping through the nights until teething started. Now, on average, he wakes about once a night, when his teeth are coming in. When his teeth aren't hurting he sleeps from 8pm to 4am. At 4am I usually bring him in our bed, nurse, and we both fall back asleep until 6ish. I think that making sure he is "tanked up" before bed really helps him make it through the night.

Kate - posted on 11/12/2008

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yep - you are not alone! I still BF about every three hours, except the days I am at work and he is at daycare and he doesn't like a bottle of breastmilk, but sometimes will drink it. My son wakes up once or twice a night and I don't mind, but we are slowly trying to encourage him to sleep through the night or wake up only once. He also east three square meals a day plus snacks.

Chelli - posted on 11/12/2008

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Hey there, my daughter Nadia was born Jan 2nd. We are in the same boat, she eats 3 times a day and nurses about every 3 hours. She has always co-slept with me once she wakes up in the night so I am no help. I would say she eats at least 2 to 3 times during the night.

Maria - posted on 11/11/2008

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I'm still Breastfeeding my Son Egypt born on the 2nd of January...

He wakes up about once or twice in the night for the Breast!!

It is Frustrating seeing that he eats sooo much soild foods in the day time..

I think its more of a comfort thing to be trulyfully honest...because he is useto having it from birth... So i want to continue to Breastfeed till hes one.. But for your question what i do when he wakes up at night i either rock him back to sleep, it actually works~ but if he wont settle down then Give him the Breast~lol

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2008

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Wow, thanks everyone for sharing all the great stories! It will help when I'm up during the night to know that you probably are up too with me :) It's funny, I've had my husband try the water in the bottle trick, but she wakes up 10 minutes later, still hungry. Guess we'll just keep going and try to enjoy the extra chances to snuggle with her!

Ella - posted on 11/09/2008

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I still b-feed my son every 3 hours too during the day and he still wakes up 2-3 times at night wanting to eat. He doesn't eat well but rather uses the boob to pacify himself and also gets really mad when I give him the pacifier. He is more interested in bread and finger foods and has swats away the spoon so often I've almost given up. I read in a magazine you could spread their baby food on toast and feed it to them that way. It doesn't work with my little one. I have him sleeping in our bed still so I just let him nurse while I side lie and he falls asleep as I fall back to sleep.

Corry - posted on 11/08/2008

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My little girl, Nadia, was born Jan. 7 and I had the same situation with her eating solid foods 3 times a day and nursing every 3 hours, as well as waking up 4 times a night to nurse! I also have a 3 year son and so my little girl waking up 4 times a night had become exhausting and overwhelming, I needed to put a stop to it! 2 and 1/2 weeks ago I figured, as a last resort, that I would try the Johnson's bedtime bath routine (bedtime bath, shampoo and lotion). After her bath I put her jammies on, her sleep bunting, and then she nurses for 15 minutes! I have also changed her feeding habits: breakfast, lunch and supper are solids, and she nurses before breakfast, in between meals and right before bed!
She now wakes up once a night, sometimes even sleeps the throughout the entire night!
Reading everyone's posts here, I have now realized that I was not the only one with the sleep and nursing frequently throughout the night issues. Maybe it was the month they were born in because my son was born in May and I never had this problem with him, lol!

Twilight - posted on 11/08/2008

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i just wanted to say AWESOME for still breastfeeding. we stopped about 1.5 months ago and i still miss it!!

even on the bottle she gets up 1-2 times per night to eat. tried the bottle of water but she is too smart and knows that is not what she wants ;) one of my friends breastfed for about 1.5 years. it took them awhile to break the midnight feedings. for many babies and moms it sounds like it just takes awhile to adjust to a new routine.

good luck and good job everyone!

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2008

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You are not alone! Not only does my son still get up 1-4 times a night to nurse, when he decided it was time for finger foods, he made himself throw up if I put anything pureed in his mouth. I've tried everything, including saving his dinner until just before bedtime and then stuffing him with oatmeal and chicken. I'm thinking I might need to night wean, but I'm not quite sure how to go about it. Even though he "seems" hungry at night, if he's not paying attention (ie we're running errands), he'll go 4-5 hours between feeding during the day (only on weekends--he demands his bottle at daycare), I know he's probably fine. I think it's really just that he misses me because I work full time and feels close to me when he is nursing.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2008

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My daugher Elaina was born on Jan . 11 as well. She was born at 2:06am how about Mackenzie.. Anyway.. my daughters temperment seems exactly the same.. maybe it was how the planets were aligned.. ha ha.. I still breast fed her every 3-4 hours and she also swats the spoon away.. she has no teeth.. but thinks she does.. and ashe definately prefers feeding herself.. I haven't slept since Jan 10th.. I am exhausted but like Mackenzie she eats tons at night too.. someone suggested giving her water in a bottle at night and she will stop waking.. i haven't had the heart to do it.. I got lucky with my son sleeping 14 hours at night at 4 months old.. ..jenn

Shanna - posted on 11/04/2008

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I'm right there with you. My son Kaiden was born Jan. 11 and he still nurses about every 2 hours and wakes up about 4 times in the night. He will not sleep without breastfeeding and he will not sleep without me either. I think the night feedings should be a lot less but the daytime feedings are encouraged by my pediatrician. I am clueless about the rest!! I would love it so much if he would sleep just 8 hrs. without feeding in the night.

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I'm still BF every 3 hrs during the day but she has been sleeping through the night since 9 wks. She now sleeps at least 11 hrs before wanting to nurse in the morning. She is also eating 3 solid meals a day. She has just started no wanting anything to do with being spoon fed. We have now started letting her eat some of our dinners & lunches.

I know that a good sleep cycle helps with sleeping through the night. What has worked for me & a lot of other women is a good eat, wake, sleep cycle.

Ellisa - posted on 11/04/2008

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My BF baby nurses twice during the night too, but not as frequently during the day. My pediatrician said he'd stop waking up to eat if I stopped feeding him at night, but I don't mind, and he seems hungry.

Heather - posted on 11/04/2008

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I am still breastfeeding about every 3 hours. My kiddo wakes up twice a night wanting fed. I think it's normal for them to wake 1-2 times a night during the first year and even once a night until they're 2. It seems like most of the breastfeeding moms I know have kids who wake more frequently than those that are bottle-fed.

Mallory has also been very spoon-resistant. I gave up on the cereal because it was too much to pump to have something to mix into it. We pretty much just went straight to finger foods (we waited until she was 6 months to introduce, so she had the dexterity). She seems to want to do everything herself. One benefit, finger foods don't require quite as much involvement so I can get the dishwasher unloaded while she works on eating her cheerios!

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